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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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A&L Goodbody crosses the border

Dublin-headquartered firm A&L Goodbody opened an office in Belfast last week, while rival Dillon Eustace opened in Cork. A&L Goodbody has launched its new Northern Ireland outpost with three partners who left Dublin rival Arthur Cox last year (The Lawyer, 20 March 2006). The three – Peter Stafford, Mark Thompson and Patricia Johnston – formed […]

Freshfields hits the fast lane with Porsche deal

City heavyweights Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged the lead roles on the increase of Porsche’s stake in Volkswagen. Porsche’s move to increase its stake from 27.3 per cent to 30.9 per cent will trigger a mandatory bid for Volkswagen, valuing the company at €35bn (£23.77bn). The London and Frankfurt offices […]

Stephenson Harwood hikes oil and gas team

Stephenson Harwood has boosted its energy practice with the hire of senior associate Marc Hammerson from Vinson & Elkins. Hammerson has joined the firm as a corporate partner and will focus on oil and gas, power projects and M&A in the energy industry. Vinson declined to comment on the departure, but it has been recruiting […]

Lawyers welcome Brown’s Reits and sukuk measures

Proposals to provide authorised property unit trusts with the same tax efficient status as Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits) were outlined in the budget yesterday (21 March). Gordon Brown’s final Budget included the long awaited proposal to drop the 20 per cent corporation tax currently applied to these vehicles, putting them at a disadvantage to […]

Cornwall Street Chambers to open in May

Birmingham-based set Cornwall Street Chambers is to launch officially this May, with the ribbon being cut by Mr Justice Anthony Hughes. The set, which was formerly No 6 chambers, has moved from the Birmingham barrister centre, Fountain Court, to the heart of the city’s commercial and business hub. Peter Cooke, head of the chambers’ police […]

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