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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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Halliwells continues DLA Piper sorties

Halliwells has hired another partner from DLA Piper as it continues an ongoing assault on its larger rival. Halliwells has hired another partner from DLA Piper as it continues an ongoing assault on its larger rival. Former Sheffield head of corporate Neil Thompson has been at DLA Piper since 1983 and headed the corporate team […]

It’s all gone Pete Tong

Regional firm DWF should certainly win an award for the most cringeworthy ad ever published for its latest piece of marketing. The ad, which is clearly an attempt to get down with the kids, depicts a group of suited DWF lawyers raving it up, fully equipped with glow sticks and seriously tragic dance moves. According […]

Gordons

Despite its small size, Yorkshire-based firm Gordons offers promising career prospects to those living in or looking to move to the region. The firm has made up six lawyers to salary partner level in the past 12 months, bolstering its partnership to 38, of whom 15 are equity partners. Gordons boasts a mixed bag of […]

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What are the qualities that make a successful managing partner? Or an OBE-bagging business supremo steering a firm with national ambitions? Well, an affable and reassuring manner must be pretty high on the list. A ready smile and keen mind are surely indispensable. However, a mildly eccentric brand of humour and individual dress sense are […]

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