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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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ACE European Group, the European arm of one of the world’s largest insurers, has overlooked former favourite Lovells on its first formal legal panel. The company has instead selected Clyde & Co, the CMS network, Holman Fenwick Willan, Mayer Brown and Norton Rose as its European advisers. Lovells has a relationship with ACE going back […]

Project Portugal

The rest of Europe may be suffering, but Portugal is on an even keel with a series of public PPPs and international investments Although many of Europe’s legal markets are suffering from a downturn in deal and transactional activity as a result of the ongoing ­global credit crunch, the change in Portugal is notable but […]

3-4 South Square QC sets up shop in Singapore

Stuart Isaacs QC of ­commercial set 3-4 South Square has become the first London barrister to register as a foreign lawyer in ­Singapore. Isaacs said he applied for foreign lawyer status after Singapore appeal judge ­Justice VK Rajah, who oversees the development of the legal profession in Singapore, highlighted that the application process is not […]

Boekel to set up Dutch law office in London

Dutch firm Boekel De Nerée is to open an office in London to service its Dutch clients. The office will practise only Dutch law and will initially be staffed by four lawyers and headed by ­partner Ferdinand Mason. The firm ultimately hopes to increase this number to 11 lawyers. Boekel operates on a model whereby […]

Mishcon de Reya’s Anthony Julius defends firm in RCJ

Mishcon de Reya has become embroiled in a row that has ended with the firm being forced to trot out its star lawyer, Anthony Julius, to defend its reputation in the Royal Courts of Justice. Mishcon is being sued by the former chief executive of charity Jewish National Fund UK (JNF), Simon Winters, who is […]

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