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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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Camerons edges out rival to help airline start-up take off

CMS Cameron McKenna’s fledgling Ukraine office has won an instruction from start-up airline Wizz Air Ukraine. The ;firm ;saw ;off ­Chadbourne & Parke, Wizz Air’s other legal adviser in Ukraine, to act on the leasing of the company’s first aircraft, an Airbus A230-200. The company leasing the aircraft, General Electric Commercial ;Aviation ­Services, turned to […]

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Beijing 2008

TheLawyer.com’s Beijing 2008 blog covers the games from the lawyer’s perspective, with posts from lawyers and other legal professionals in the city on the Olympic events, the gossip, the law firms and the atmosphere. The blog began with a surprisingly clean post from Beijing-based legal recruiter Rob Metcalf on, er, the women’s volleyball and how […]

Happy couples

Tulkinghorn’s heart grows warm at news from personal claims firm Scott Rees & Co, based in Skelmersdale, the Venice of West Lancashire, where not two but four of the firm’s staff are to marry. Separately, if one knows what Tulkinghorn means. Solicitors James Driscoll from Liverpool and Lucie Illingworth are planning a wedding in 2010, […]

BarCap rejigs international legal structure

Barclays Capital (BarCap) UK and Europe legal head Jake Scrivens has stepped down for a non-legal role within the company. From the beginning of September Scrivens will take up the position of head of structured credit portfolio, with BarCap Asia-Pacific regional general counsel Magnus Spencer taking over the UK and Europe role. A spokesman for […]

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CC’s, Eversheds’ outsourcing: greed, or just common sense?

Eversheds’ outsourcing: greed, or just common sense?” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/13278_P32_india.jpg” />The decision by Clifford Chance and Eversheds to offshore low-level legal work to India makes good business sense, but to many readers of TheLawyer.com the move smacks of greed. Comments posted on the website claimed that the firms were wrong to make savings themselves without […]

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