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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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CC advises International Petroleum

Clifford Chance is among firms advising on the first-ever demutualisation of an investment exchange. The International Petroleum Exchange is converting from a mutual organisation to a profit-making one. Corporate partners Simon Burgess and Hillary Evenett at Clifford Chance are advising the IPE with finance partner Lynn Johanson. One plan involves an offer from the New […]

CC calls off Mallesons talks

CliffordChance is off, according to a senior lawyer at the City firm.Stuart Popham, global head of finance at Clifford Chance, tells The Lawyerthe talks have ended because the firms could not agree on the structure ofthe merged practice.He says: “We had discussions with Mallesons, as we do with firms, and wehave concluded these negotiations because […]

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Allen & Overy represented the State of Israel on the public offering of a 5 per cent stake in Bank Hapoalim on the London Stock Exchange. The offering was managed by Goldman Sachs International

In brief: Pinsent Curtis

Pinsent Curtis’ managing partner John Pratt is trying to persuade the Government to introduce a new Company Act. As chair of a Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee, Pratt proposes a 10-point plan designed to modernise the country’s “over-complicated and archaic company law system”.

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