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New online court may improve chances of tenancy arrears recovery

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan On 6 April 2018 HMCTS publicly announced the launch of a new online service to allow members of the public and businesses to issue money claims, resolve disputes and access mediation via a new online claims service. Known as Civil Money Claims, and available for money claims with a […]

Dress codes in the workplace: new government guidance

By Stuart McBride New guidance entitled “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know” was published by the Government Equalities Office last week.  It follows the 2016 online petition started by a woman who was sent home from work when she refused to wear high heels. The petition led to a Parliamentary Enquiry […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: New regime for conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital

Law No. 7/2018 was published on 2 March and created a legal regime for the conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital in commercial companies, or companies adopting a commercial form, incorporated under the Laws of Portugal. The new law entered into force on the day after its publication and clearly aims to provide an extrajudicial […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

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Fasken Martineau has hired Canada’s former federal minister of international trade and secretary of state for international financial institutions, Jim Peterson, as counsel. Peterson was a Canadian minister of international trade between 2003 and 2006, during which time he represented Canada at the WTO’s Doha round of trade negotiations. He was also secretary of state […]

Rate rises get thumbs-down

Money, money, money… It’s why we’re all in business, but the depth of bad feeling towards law firms’ hourly rates is astonishing. As it went to press, The Lawyer was hosting its annual in-house summit in Lisbon, and you can bet your last euro that fees were a popular topic. This issue of The Lawyer […]

Stephen Allen: Seven Bedford Row

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Lord Falconer, because I’d have to listen to how it wasn’t his fault that the lift got stuck. What was your first-ever job? I had a weekend job in the local Chinese takeaway. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Doing a […]

Friends in high places

Everyone’s been there. You’re checking in for your flight home and the guy on the desk asks you if you packed your luggage yourself. Er… as far as you can recall, yes. “Or has anybody given you anything to carry on to your flight?”Last month Clifford Chance‘s US head of finance and restructuring Evan Cohen […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to strengthen its antitrust, competition and trade practice in China with the relocation of London partner Alex Potter to Beijing. Move of the week Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to strengthen its antitrust, competition and trade practice in China with the relocation of London partner Alex Potter to Beijing. Potter, who specialises […]

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