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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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BPP Law School outstrips parent company in interim results

The parent company of BPP Law School, has announced flat profits in its interim results, despite a strong performance by its law division. Pre-tax profit at the professional education group for the six months ended 30 June was £5.54m, a marginal decrease on the £5.55m recorded over the same period last year. The law division, […]

Animal activists seek to exploit weaknesses in BOC injunction

Law student animal activists are taking advantage of gaps in an injunction secured by industrial gases group BOC against protester attacks. The injunction protects BOC from potential attacks, but it has been found to cover just 12 of the company’s 92 sites in the UK. Companies such as Huntington Life Sciences, represented by London law […]

Linklaters COO moves on after three years at top

Linklaters’ chief operating officer (COO) – Arthur Andersen’s former worldwide managing partner and chief executive officer – has departed after completing his three-year term. Jim Wadia first joined the magic circle firm in 2001 to help manage and implement Linklaters’ merger process. As part of his remit, Wadia oversaw the implementation of the firm’s SAP […]

Herbies wins Hypo

Herbert Smith has completed its first deal for new client Hypo Real Estate Bank International. The City firm advised Hypo on an £88m bid facility made available to Winten to finance its recommended offer for property investment group Estate & General. Herbert Smith was picked as one of Hypo’s preferred advisers after it was spun […]

US lawyer joins Haarmanns’ new management

Haarmann Hemmelrath has recruited US lawyer and company turnaround specialist Jeff Thinnes as its chief executive officer (CEO). Thinnes joins from his own company JTI Inc. His arrival is part of the German giant’s attempts to streamline its management, which are to be put to the vote this week. Haarmann’s 18-person partnership development board is […]

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