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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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Sky Capital opts for Nicholson Graham

Nicholson Graham & Jones has capitalised on its relationship with commercial Wall Street firm Ziegler Ziegler & Altman and gained a new client in the process Nicholson Graham corporate finance partner Owen Waft was approached by Scott Zeigler to act on behalf of start-up New York broker dealer Sky Capital Holdings on its offer for […]

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 […]

Bird & Bird bolsters Hague office

Bird & Bird has hired a team of seven lawyers from the former office of Andersen Legal in The Hague Corporate partner Steven van der Waal is joining Bird & Bird’s Hague office with six other lawyers, including Yufang Guo, who will be running an Asian desk in The Hague.First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 10 […]

Sinclair ace opts for Richards Butler

Richards Butler has taken on the remainder of Sinclair Roche & Temperley’s international trade and commodities team Sinclair Roche partner Sîan Fellows has joined Richards Butler along with senior shipping assistant Sîan Morris, who will join the firm’s shipping department.Of the three-partner Sinclair Roche team, partner Ben Leach joined the merged Stephenson Harwood-Sinclair Roche firm, […]

Six of the best

It has been a while since The Lawyer’s Hot 100, our annual survey of who is going to make it big in the year ahead (look out for it in the first issue of January), but people are still talking about it.In Touch, the alumni magazine for King’s College, London, reported the strong showing of […]

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