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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 New York management of Cadwalader ­Wickersham & Taft has failed in an attempt to buy back three of the seven ­London partners who left for Paul Hastings. The New York management ;of ;Cadwalader ­Wickersham & Taft has failed in an attempt to buy back three of the seven ­London partners who left for Paul Hastings. Cadwalader […]

Paul Weiss: revenue and PEP up

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has announced revenue growth of 6.3 per cent for the 2008 financial year. The US firm posted revenues totalling $692m for 2008, up from $652m in the 2007 financial year. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) increased by 2.3 per cent, up from $2.6m in 2007 to $2.7m last […]

O’Connors

A witty website, including personal anecdotes from the team, aims to present O’Connors as a ­professional but entertaining law firm. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” laughs managing partner Nigel Wallis. “We work as a team and we always have a team plan as opposed to an individual one.” The Liverpool firm has witnessed steady […]

Banks’ bailout boom keeps the wolf from the door for finance lawyers

Regulatory lawyers waiting in wings as system is deemed ‘deficient’. The banking world may be plunging ever deeper into chaos, but for banking and regulatory lawyers the times have certainly been tougher. After ;the ;Government announced last week that it would insure portfolios of loans, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) mooted tighter regulation to force […]

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Ropes & Gray makes 106 support staff redundant

Boston-headquartered Ropes & Gray has announced that it was laying off 106 of its support staff, the equivalent of around 10 per cent of its non-lawyer personnel across all departments in the firm. In a statement, Ropes chairman Brad Malt said his firm’s clients and marketplace had been “seriously affected” by the continuing global economic […]

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