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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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Cadwalader’s Block quits for Greenberg

One of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s best-known partners Dennis Block is leaving the firm to join Greenberg Traurig. New York-based Block is joining Greenberg in the newly created position of senior chairman of global M&A. Block’s, whose book of business is said to have once topped $50m, counts Pfizer, Pepsi and GE among his clients. […]

Pinsents votes for Bristol closure

Pinsent Masons will close its Bristol office, offering the 11 lawyers there relocation and working closely with support staff to “assess alternative options”. The decision, first reported on Roll On Friday, was put to partners at the firm on Monday, with voting closing on Wednesday. The firm will close the office by the end of […]

Ringfencing banks

Jacqui Hatfield picks through the ICB report and its implications for the banking sector The long-awaited final Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) report has been published.  The interim report, published in April, was controversial because it advocated ringfencing between retail and investment banking and proposed that retail banks should hold more capital than required under […]

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Clydes forced to reveal contact details of Ablyazov fraud client

Clyde & Co has been ordered by the High Court to disclose the contact details of a client who was found to be in contempt of court and in breach of asset disclosure orders.  Ruling in a preliminary matter relating to the mammoth case that is JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Ors, Mr […]

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