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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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Shearman chair Weerasinghe leaves firm for GC role at Citigroup

Shearman & Sterling senior partner Rohan Weerasinghe has quit to join Citigroup as general counsel. The New York-based corporate partner formally announced his resignation to the firm today but will stay on until June. The firm hopes to have appointed a replacement before the global partners’ meeting in the US in early May, with names […]

London’s Barnet and Harrow councils to save £4.4m via legal services merger

The London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow have agreed to merge their legal services in a move that is expected to save them an estimated £4.4m over the next five years. Barnet’s legal team will be based in Harrow from July following approval from the authorities’ respective cabinets last night as part of a wider […]

Camerons promotes eight as part of 34-strong CMS promos round

CMS Cameron McKenna has announced its partner promotions with eight UK lawyers being made up in global round of 34 appointments across the CMS network. The UK firm is promoting real estate lawyers Danielle Drummond Brassington and Ashley Damiral, capital markets lawyer Michael Cavers, energy expert Olivia Quaid, pensions specialist Dominic Harris and disputes lawyer […]

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Dundas & Wilson concludes redundancy talks with up to 30 jobs axed

Almost 30 jobs are being cut at Scotland-headquartered firm Dundas & Wilson following a consultation process. In February the firm confirmed that due to the “nature and level of demand for its services” it would be considering redundancies (24 February 2012). While the firms mooted cutting staff and partner positions, chairman David Hardie confirmed the […]

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