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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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In 1993, Penny Mansell, a desperate young Milford Haven mother on income support, approached Nicola Castle, a partner at Altrincham’s Alexander Harris, for legal help. Mansell was looking for financial compensation to help her look after her young son – struck down with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen at birth. With Castle’s assistance, […]

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Cameron McKenna is in negotiations with its four associate European law firms with a view to creating a Linklaters & Alliance-style firm. The four firms are Benelux firm DSH Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau, Swedish firm Tisell & Co, Danish firm Schluter & Hald and German firm Sigle Loose Schmidt-Diemitz. Managing partner Robert Derry-Evans told The […]

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Start spreading the news, you can be leaving today for a stint in an overseas office. Alison Beardsley knows how to be part of it. Alison Beardsley is graduate recruitment partner and training principal at Allen & Overy. Many trainees join a big firm harbouring ambitions to spend six months of their training contract in […]

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Management buy-out activity for the third quarter is down 16 per cent compared with last year and is expected to fall further in the fourth, as the difference between vendors’ and investors’ price expectations widen. The Centre for Management Buy-out Research has found that 255 transactions were completed between July and September with a gross […]

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