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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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Deacons and Dunhill tie the knot

Partners at leading Australian firms Deacons and Dunhill Madden Butler have voted in favour of merger. The two firms have been locked in talks for several months (The Lawyer, 12 June) and the merger, which will create a 140-partner firm, will be effective from 1 August. It will operate under the Deacons name. Over the […]

Buchanan Ingersoll takes rival's bio team

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on one of the US’s leading biotechnology teams from rival firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. The group of nine lawyers, including four partners, boosts the firm’s technology practice and leaves Akin Gump lacking in its biomedical, food and drug capability. The partners are Robert Pinco, Edward John […]

Hogan & Hartson pushes into Asia with new Tokyo office

Leading Washington DC firm Hogan & Hartson is opening an office in Tokyo – its first step into Asia. The 700-lawyer firm will specialise in intellectual property and corporate work in the office, initially for existing clients. The firm already represents Japanese car giant Toyota, telephone company NTT and technology companies Seiko Epson and Sanyo. […]

Carrington quits B&M for F1 client

Baker & McKenzie is losing one of its top international partners to racing client McLaren. Nigel Carrington is a member of the firm’s eight-partner worldwide management committee and a former managing partner of the London office. Corporate finance partner Carrington is moving to TAG McLaren Holdings as managing director after working with the client for […]

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