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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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It could have been a £170m business, edging the top 20 of The Lawyer UK200. It could have been a £170m business, edging the top 20 of The Lawyer UK200. But the news today that the talks are off means that Withers and Speechly Bircham join the roll call of Field Fisher Waterhouse and Lawrence […]

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Eversheds has secured a three-year fixed fee contract with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Africa and the Middle East. The deal will see Eversheds instructed on a fixed-fee basis for each matter with 15 per cent of the fees retained by the client and paid at the discretion of IATA on a performance-related […]

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Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised to co-founders of search engine optimisation and digital marketing agency Branded3 on its acquisition by St Ives plc for £10.7m. As part of the acquisition, Branded3 will still operate as a subsidiary, led by the existing management team with no changes to the company structure or office locations. […]

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