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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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Gouldens wins landmark IP case

Gouldens has won an intellectual property case against Microsoft that IP experts say will swing the balance in favour of defendants. The High Court ruling has challenged the assumption that judges will slap wide-ranging injunctions on companies that infringe another’s patent or copyright. The ruling comes days after one against French manufacturer Coflexip SA, in […]

Company law in need of renovation

Robin Potts QC, barrister, Erskine Chambers Peter Charlton, partner, Clifford Chance Peter Graham, head of company department, Paisner & Co Company law is out of date, over-complicated and bears little relation to modern commercial reality. So says the Government’s company law review steering group. The review committee, led by the Department of Trade and Industry, […]

Freshfields acts for Pru in u1.9bn bid for M&G

Freshfields has again reinforced its new-found dominance in top-end mergers and acquisitions by acting for Prudential in its u1.9bn bid for independent City fund manager M&G. This is the Pru’s second assault on fund managers: two years ago Lovell White Durrant advised in its swoop on Scottish Amicable – which was at that time advised […]

P&G shake-up threatens firms

Multinational giant Procter & Gamble is transferring its legal function from a regional to a global structure – meaning a huge cut in work for its UK and European panel firms. The restructuring of its 210-strong in-house team reflects the re-organisation of the company along product rather than regional lines – a process that began […]

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