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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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Bond Pearce launches transport unit after shipping specialist hire

Bond Pearce is forming an integrated transport unit following the hire of highly-rated shipping specialist Nick Horton from disbanded marine firm Grant & Horton. Horton joins Bond Pearce with assistant solicitor Tracey Martin. Grant & Horton ceased to practise with effect from 31 May. The firm’s other two partners chose to go their separate ways. […]

Clifford Chance replaces Asia managing partner

Clifford Chance corporate partner Jim Baird will replace John East as regional managing partner for Asia in mid-July. After three and a half years in Asia, first as senior partner and then regional managing partner, East will return to London to take up his new position of chairman-elect of the Partnership Selection Committee.East said: “There […]

County courts fail to live up to Woolf reforms

A scathing report produced by the Property Litigation Association (PLA) has stated that delays faced by property litigators in the county courts are completely incompatible with the Woolf reforms. The PLA has some 375 members in England and Wales, 70 per cent of whom responded to a questionnaire on the service obtained from county courts. […]

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