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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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Ashursts backs winner in Europe's largest ever buy-out

In a boost for Ashurst Morris Crisp’s finance practice after the collapse of merger talks with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, the UK firm has scooped the banking mandate for the winning consortium in the Italian yellow pages auction.Clifford Chance was among the advisers brought in for lenders supporting three other bids, but it […]

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Tulkinghorn would like to assure readers that the following story is not a sign of things to come. Reality TV gossip is most definitely not going to become the staple diet of this page. Nevertheless, Tulkinghorn feels obliged to draw readers’ attention to Big Brother 3, and specifically to contestant Federico’s choice of reading matter. […]

Lovells hires Asia corporate head

Lovells has hired Greg Terry, former director and group general counsel of Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson, as head of the firm’s Asian corporate practice. Terry, who will be based in Lovells’ Hong Kong office from today (16 June), was a director and group general counsel of Jardine Matheson for 10 years. He was responsible […]

Government reforms could bring overhaul of Privy Council function

The judicial function of the Privy Council is facing a radical review similar to that announced for the Law Lords last week. If it remains attached to the House of Lords, the Privy Council would be at risk of breaching the Government’s new, or newly enforced, principle of outlawing connections between the judiciary and the […]

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