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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

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CMS Cameron McKenna plumps for Principal Place

CMS Cameron McKenna expects to move into a new skyscraper in Principal Place in early 2015, the firm announced today. The lease at its present premises at Mitre House ends the same year. The City firm has entered into a deal with property development company Hammerson to move into its new building adjoining Norton Folgate, […]

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Please give generously….

There’s nothing flashy about the British & Irish Legal Information Institute (Bailii) website. There are simple links, an easy-to-use search engine – and literally thousands of judgments of criminal and civil cases from courts across the UK and Europe. Bailii has been running for over a decade now, providing up-to-date transcripts of judgments online, for […]

Osborne Clarke bulks up in Bristol with BLP hire

Osborne Clarke has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) funds partner Tim Simmonds as a partner in its Bristol office. Simmonds was head of BLP’s funds and financial services regulatory group. He becomes Osborne Clarke’s first dedicated funds partner and the third partner in the firm’s financial services team. He left BLP’s London team at the […]

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The more corporate the law becomes, the more emotional the fallout: discuss. Our three main stories this week all involve contentious partnership issues, in different forms. Four months after a claim was first lodged, Greenberg Traurig Maher and former partner Andrew Croxford show every sign of heading for the London Central Employment Tribunal in September, […]

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