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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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Up, up – and then away

Fancy becoming a partner at Dewey Ballantine? No? Don’t blame you, neither does Tulkinghorn. Still, if you were hankering after the badge then Dewey might be the firm for you. Last year, as we report in this issue, the firm lost an incredible 23 partners. That’s nearly 50 per cent more exits than the average […]

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The quote of the week – nay, the year – comes courtesy of Nils Breidenstein, BEA Systems’ general counsel for Europe, the Middles East and Africa, who popped along recently to a meeting of the Law Society’s commerce and industry group debate on the way lawyers charge their clients. “The only people on hourly rates […]

The ignored board

Tulkinghorn recently dispatched a mole to Thomas Eggar‘s ‘Kaleidoscope of Colour’ party at the South East firm’s Gatwick office. Amid the throng the minion mingled with private client associate Nicola Plant, who described her experience of contacting the great man. “I wrote to Tulkinghorn once,” Plant said, breathlessly. “But he never replied. I sent him […]

Lovells comes good for H&M as Moscow sets IP precedent

Lovells has triumphed with a rare win in Russia for Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), after a Moscow court ruled in favour of the Swedish retailing giant. In Lovells’ first case in Moscow for the high-street chain, H&M brought a claim against Boris Kostyrin, who had registered the H&M trademark in Russia. Lovells has previously acted […]

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