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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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The Barcelona Bar Association has sent a delegation to London to learn about Anglo-Saxon law firm models and how to set up a representative office in the capital. The 45-strong delegation spent three days in London last week after approaching the Law Society of England and Wales to organise the trip. Alberto Cedillo, chairman of […]

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News reached Tulkinghorn last week that Eversheds‘ alliance firm in Dublin O’Donnell Sweeney had rebranded. In a marketing masterclass, the firm is now known as O’Donnell Sweeney Eversheds. Note the canny order of the names. A quick look at the firm’s updated website shows it has chosen to highlight the change with a picture of… […]

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Companies are failing to implement safeguards to prevent ethics and compliance failures. Only 56 per cent of general counsel claimed to have the necessary policies in place to counter ethics and compliance risks, according to the European corporate compliance survey carried out by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Integrity Interactive. Paul Basson, president of […]

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