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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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UK media companies could soon lose the battle to keep privacy laws out of the UK because of an EU proposal allowing claimants to sue for privacy using the law of any country where the material has been published. The proposed new law, known as ‘Rome II’, will allow claimants so sue UK media companies […]

GreenWorks set for host of law firm moves

With a host of law firms currently on the market for a new home, not-for-profit organisation GreenWorks looks set to have a bumper year. The organisation is responsible for removing redundant office equipment and redistributing it to worthy groups in need. Last year, the company redistributed 650 tonnes of furniture from Clifford Chance’s former office […]

Corporate deals round-up

Berwin Leighton Paisner (Simon Pollock) advised Supercart on its admission to AIM. The float raised £4m for the supermarket trolley company. Lawrence Graham (Hugh Maule) advised the nominated adviser to the float, Charles Stanley & Co. Mundays (Peter Munday) advised Alliance UniChem and retail subsidiary E Moss on the acquisition of WEP Limited and WEP (Fortrose), the retail pharmacy […]

Speechly hires ex-Mayer construction partner

Speechly Bircham has picked up its second lateral this year after recruiting a former Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw construction partner. David Gwillim joined Speechly after more than five years at Mayer Brown. He handles specialist contracting disputes on UK and international infrastructure, transport and reclamation projects, with clients including Cleveland Bridge & Engineering and […]

PwC survey finds firms’ credit management lacking

Law firms need to make credit management a core part of their client service, a partner from Pricewater-houseCoopers (PwC) claimed following the publication of its annual research into law firm finances. The survey, ‘Financial Management in Law Firms’, found that fee collection among UK firms had worsened compared with last year. The top 25 firms […]

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