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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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E&Y US ally raids Stroock and Sidley to hit New York

Ernst & Young’s US ally McKee Nelson has marched into New York with a succession of high-profile lateral hires The firm began its offensive by poaching three Stroock Stroock & Lavan securitisation partners. It followed this move by taking three partners from Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, boosting its burgeoning structured finance capability.Reed Auerbach, Robert […]

DLA plays support for Jazz FM in revised Guardian Group offer

DLA has once again found favour with long-term client Jazz fm, acting for the company on a takeover bid by the Guardian Media Group. Guardian last week announced a revised cash offer for the radio broadcaster of 195p per share, with a loan note alternative, in a deal that values the entire company at £44.5m. […]

Landwell wins on golden shares case

Landwell’s Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeule-broeke successfully defended the Belgian government in the recent ruling on golden shares The court ruled that, unlike Belgian golden shares, those used in France and Portugal are illegal.Landwell now hopes that the Belgian model will be adopted across the EU, providing the firm with more opportunities to advise European […]

CC management faces re-election

Firm set for corporate governance overhaul; chairman and CEO titles dropped Clifford Chance is to subject whole swathes of its management to re-election this year as it shakes up its corporate governance. At the same time, a number of executive positions will be axed in a bid to trim the management layer.The review, instigated by […]

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