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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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Eversheds acquires Linsley & Mortimer

Eversheds has snapped up Newcastle firm Linsley & Mortimer to boost its local insurance practice. The three-partner firm, which counts CGU and Iron Trades among its clients, began talks with Berrymans Lace Mawer in June 1999. But by September, negotiations were called off at the last minute. According to David Weatherburn, head of insurance and […]

Shoosmiths property partner defects to Warner Cranston

City firm Warner Cranston is taking on a new commercial property partner from nat-ional practice Shoosmiths. Mary Anderson is joining Warner Cranston’s Coventry office after spending six years as a partner at Shoosmiths in the Midlands. Before that Anderson spent six years as a partner at Mishcon de Reya in London. Anderson specialises in major […]

Denton Wilde Sapte scores government PPP hat trick

Denton Wilde Sapte, Freshfields and Simmons & Simmons have beaten off four firms to win places on the Treasury Solicitor’s first Private Public Partnership (PPP) panel. The firms will handle all PPP government work and will deal predominantly with the Home Office. The firms won places after undergoing a lengthy tendering process beginning in February, […]

Akin Gump merges to boost healthcare dept

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is merging with an 11-partner healthcare firm, making its health industry practice one of the largest in the US. The link-up with Green Stewart Farber & Anderson boosts Akin Gump’s national practice to more than 40 lawyers. The firm already represents a broad range of healthcare […]

Nabarros named on DfEE consultant list

Leading public sector firm Nabarro Nathanson has been named in the Department of Education and Employment’s (DfEE’s) list of providers and consultants. The firm is among those chosen by School Standards Minister Estelle Morris to deal with issues arising from an increasing number of local authority interventions in-volving failing and under-achieving schools. The School Standards […]

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