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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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Alliance & Leicester calls up Pinsents for BT deal

Pinsent Masons has completed its first piece of work for new client Alliance & Leicester after winning a pitch to advise on a telecoms outsourcing deal for the group with BT. The firm came through a beauty parade, fending off other firms on Alliance’s panel. Head of group legal services Carolyn Hay said Pinsents’ knowledge […]

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Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s has bagged an Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partner for its Tokyo office. Etsuo Doi has joined Paul Hastings from Orrick, where he was a partner in its Tokyo office. Doi has experience in global intellectual property disputes and transactions and covers a broad range of practice areas including M&A and […]

Bar Council consults while backbenchers revolt against Carter

The Bar Council has kickstarted a consultation into new arrangements for handling fee-sharing under the current legal aid reforms. The news comes as it was revealed that more than 50 Labour backbenchers signed up to an early day motion which presses the Government to rethink their proposals on legal aid. The consultation, which will close […]

CC’s US associates get pay rise; Brits will have to wait

Clifford Chance is the first UK-headquartered firm to raise its associate base salaries in America. A spokeswoman for the magic circle firm said there were no plans to match the salary raises for its associates in the UK. An internal memo to US-based associates from US managing partner Craid Medwick and New York-based litigation partner […]

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