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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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Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose have scooped lead roles on Barclays’ £4.5bn share issue. Norton Rose partner Martin Scott led the firm advising the China Development Bank in its purchase of £136m of new shares. The mandate is the first the firm has won since being elected onto the bank’s panel in […]

Osborne Clarke scoops Real Estate Team of Year

Osborne Clarke won the Real Estate Team of the Year award at last night’s The Lawyer Awards 2008. The Bristol-based firm won the trophy for its work advising Eurostar and London & Continental on the high-profile St Pancras development. Osborne Clarke beat last year’s winner Ashurst, as well as the other shortlisted firms Eversheds, Pinsent […]

Bird & Bird crowned International Firm of Year

Bird & Bird won International Firm of the Year at The Lawyer awards last night, in recognition of a global expansion strategy that has helped the firm triple its revenue over the last seven years. The award was presented by Lord Falconer at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane last night, with managing […]

Freshfields’ feat

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer stole the show at The Lawyer Awards 2008, walking off with the Law Firm of the Year Award. Lord Falconer presented chief executive Ted Burke with the award on Tuesday (24 June). The firm also won Competition Team of the Year, while Lewis Silkin won Employment Team of the Year for defending […]

Music industry body finds new GC within

Music industry association IFPI has ended its year-long search for a general counsel, promoting litigation head Jo Oliver to the top job. The position had been vacant since April last year after former general counsel Geoff Taylor joined associated music industry group BPI as chief executive. A spokesperson for IFPI said the legal group had […]

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