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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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Masons secures Spainish alliance

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Freshfields admits City is king as German M&A head sets up camp in London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has taken a complete U-turn in its investment banking strategy For corporate and M&A work, the German practice will now concentrate on London rather than Frankfurt, to mirror the shift in focus of the investment banks themselves.Freshfields German head of corporate Axel Epe told The Lawyer that the power balance between London […]

Dewey Ballantine is latest Hong Kong casualty

Asia under review as New York firm abandons Hong Kong office New York firm Dewey Ballantine has confirmed that it is abandoning its Hong Kong office. The move is part of a continued effort to reassess the firm’s presence in Asia.In a statement, Everett Jassy, chairman of Dewey Ballantine’s management committee, said: “The Asian market […]

Ashursts and Fried Frank tie-up stalls

Negotiating teams in profits stand-off; still no vote in sight Merger talks between Ashurst Morris Crisp and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson have descended into confusion as partner frustration grows at the increasingly hazy prospect of a conclusion. The two firms appear to be at cross-purposes on the tricky issue of remuneration. Sources say […]

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