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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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QinetiQ takes on first general counsel

QinetiQ, the former Defence Evaluation Research Agency, has appointed Lynton Boardman (left) as its first general counsel. Boardman joins from agribusiness company Syngenta, where he was head of legal for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The appointment comes at a critical stage in QinetiQ’s development as a flotation is planned in the next two […]

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While most law firms have been desperately juggling figures and pleading with late-paying clients so they can scramble their way towards budget, on the other side of the fence the Bar is feeling rather flush after reporting an exceptionally buoyant financial year.Littleton, Erskine and Birmingham set 5 Fountain Court are all this week revealed by […]

Bird & Bird litigation chief joins Morgan Lewis

Bird & Bird is losing highly-rated head of litigation Trevor Asserson to the London office of top 10 US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Asserson is the second practice head Bird & Bird has lost in the past 12 months. Asserson is best known for successfully representing boxing promoter Don King in his £7.2m rights […]

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For firms that had their fingers burnt in the crash of 1998, Russia has been regarded with a good deal of caution over the past few years. But finally there are signs that Moscow is rising from the ashes and now is the time for law firms to get their Russian houses in order.None more […]

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