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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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Fox Williams nets AIM specialists

Fox Williams has raided Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault for a three-lawyer team to create a dedicated AIM group within its corporate practice. Corporate finance partner Richie Clark leaves McCarthy after six years to join Fox Williams, bringing with him corporate associates James Channo and Claire Price. Clark alone has guided clients on more than 40 […]

Herbert Smith leads Saga towards flotation

Herbert Smith has scooped a role advising Saga on its potential IPO. Saga, which specialises in holidays and insurance products for the over-50s, is exploring the possibility of an IPO in the second half of this year. The company was the subject of a £1.35bn management buyout backed by private equity firm Charterhouse in 2004. […]

Offshore

The offshore market slowed down a notch in the first half of 2007 after the flurry of mammoth mergers that typified the past two years. Slow and steady growth became the name of the game, with firms looking to consolidate their offerings through lateral hires, such as Conyers Dill & Pearman’s hire of Nigel Meeson […]

Foot Anstey nets double-digit growth in PEP and turnover

Foot Anstey had another strong year in 2006-07, posting a growth in turnover of 11 per cent to £16m. Average profit per equity partner at the West Country firm performed even better, rising by 24 per cent to £182,000, with a net profit of £3.6m. The equity spread last year ran from £137,000 to £227,000. […]

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