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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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Furnival to take on five new tenants

Furnival Chambers is developing its commercial fraud expertise with the recruitment of five new tenants, including two silks. The arrival of Stephen Leslie QC from 2-4 Tudor Street and Michel Massih QC, Kim Hollis, Fiona Henderson and Mark Summers from 2 Paper Buildings, brings the number of tenants at the set to 46. Leslie is […]

Get out of jail free

Barristers are usually considered to be highly committed to pro bono but, as Matheu Swallow discovers, the commercial bar has nothing to be proud about When it comes to pro bono, the bar is widely regarded as setting a fine example to the other side of the profession. However, despite its efforts, the bar still […]

Shoosmiths property partner defects to Warner Cranston

City firm Warner Cranston is taking on a new commercial property partner from nat-ional practice Shoosmiths. Mary Anderson is joining Warner Cranston’s Coventry office after spending six years as a partner at Shoosmiths in the Midlands. Before that Anderson spent six years as a partner at Mishcon de Reya in London. Anderson specialises in major […]

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Fraud Investigation: A case study

There is no such thing as a typical white-collar crime investigation. Each case turns on its own facts and the issues can vary widely from case to case. What stay the same are the basic techniques in crime investigation. Complex and serious fraud or corruption investigations require sophisticated techniques drawing on a variety of skills. […]

Simmons strikes deal to keep banking ace

Simmons & Simmons is snatching back a banking partner on the eve of her departure to Bevan Ashford. Helen Hancock, who specialises in capital markets and structured finance, was due to leave the City firm for Bevan Ashford’s Bristol office because of undisclosed personal reasons. Simmons, however, has persuaded Hancock to stay by setting up […]

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