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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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Recent laws have altered the make-up of insurance legislation in Bermuda to allow the government greater assessment of the market. By Rod Attride-Stirling and Franki Ganter Bermuda has a reputation as a blue-chip offshore jurisdiction. Among other things, it is one of the top reinsurance centres in the world and continues to expand annually. Eighty […]

Links rubs salt in Freshfields wounds

Linklaters just can’t stop those raids on Freshfields. As we reveal today, star finance partner Brian Gray is joining the hungriest finance practice in the magic circle (See story). Linklaters just can’t stop those raids on Freshfields. As we reveal today, star finance partner Brian Gray is joining the hungriest finance practice in the magic […]

Revealed: mid-market firms say ‘yes’ to flotation

Halliwells, LG and Olswang are among an unpre-cedented number of UK firms that are considering flotations or private equity investment once regulations allow. Almost a third of the firms in The Lawyer’s UK 100 now state that they are in favour of allowing the injection of third-party capital. Speechly Bircham managing partner Michael Lingens said […]

Latham boosts Munich with Shearman hire

Latham & Watkins has boosted its Munich office with the hire of Shearman & Sterling finance ace Andreas Diem, who becomes the firm’s third European partner hire this month. Diem’s practice focuses on real estate finance, banking and acquisition finance. He joined Shearman & Sterling in 2002 as a partner from Gleiss Lutz. Christopher Hall, […]

Ashurst PEP rockets 36 per cent to hit £956k

Ashurst has released its average profit per equity partner (PEP) figures for the last financial year, announcing a massive 36 per cent rise to just shy of £1m. Equity partners at the top 10 firm will now take home, on average, £956,000. This time last year, the figure was £701,000. The massive improvement in PEP […]

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