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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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Group lobbies for EU French language use

A high-profile Francophile lobby group is pressing for the French language to have precedence in any translation dispute regarding European law. The Committee for the Language of European Law, supported by ex-Romanian prime minister Adrian Nastase and Polish member of European Parliament (MEP) Bronislaw Geremek, wants French versions of EU law used when there are […]

Macfarlanes picks up float mandate for accountant

Macfarlanes is advising longstanding client Smith & Williamson on its potential IPO. The advice is being led by partner Tim Lewis. The investment manager and accountant is considering a £300m float later this year. The float will be watched closely by senior partners at UK law firms, which will also be allowed to float once […]

Talking in tongues

p>Today’s stories have an international flavour, with Shearman’s growth plans stalling, Heller Ehrman making its next steps in London and the news, which hit late last night, of Linklaters’ latest efforts to rebuild its Italian practice.

Herbert Smith wins Polar Aim float

Herbert Smith has advised fund manager Polar Capital Holdings on its IPO and admission to AIM. The listing comprised an offer of both news shares issued by Polar and existing shares sold by the selling shareholders. The Herbert Smith team was led by partner Scott Cochrane. Bridgewell, advised by Addleshaw Goddard, acted as nominated adviser. […]

Law Soc, College of Law kick off Gulf training programme

The Law Society and the College of Law are set to team up to provide a training programme for solicitors practising in the Gulf states. From June onwards the two institutions will offer a continuing professional development (CPD) training programme to solicitors in the Gulf states. It is initially being offered to those practising in […]

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