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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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ACH Shoosmiths’ new Edinburgh home has hosted a meeting of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) advisory council. Head of office Janette Speed was at Saltire Court to welcome STA members and Fergus Ewing MSP, minister for energy, enterprise and tourism. Year of Homecoming 2014 centres on the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, as well […]

Court cutting?

If the courts were privatised, as some suggested they could be, the taxpayer would save £1bn a year in staff and running costs. Projects like the £300m Rolls Building could pay for themselves with wealthy litigants such as Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich paying above the odds to have their cases heard by London’s top […]

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Don’t take mother in law lightly

Travers Smith discrimination case shows why employers will continue to lose talented new mums Katie Tantum’s successful claim for pregnancy discrimination against Travers Smith is a strange case.  It does not concern a particularly novel point of law; it is a first-instance Employment Tribunal decision. Despite this, the story has brought the issue of maternity […]

Conyers advises Allstate Insurance on $350m catastrophe bond deal

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Allstate Insurance Company on a $350m catastrophe bond deal. The deal required the formation of a Bermuda special-purpose insurer — Sanders Re Ltd — established for the purpose of issuing catastrophe bond notes. The issuance provided Allstate and its affiliates with fully collateralised reinsurance protection against covered US hurricane […]

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Harneys appoints Ogier duo for further Cayman growth

Harneys has hired a pair of senior lawyers from Ogier to continue its expansion in the Cayman Islands. Ogier partner Andrew Morehouse and counsel Colin Berryman both join Harneys’ Cayman office as partners. Both lawyers specialise in investment funds, as well as general corporate work. Harneys has been expanding its Cayman practice globally over the […]

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