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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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Wiggin celebrates LLP move with Ashurst hire

Wiggin celebrates LLP move with Ashurst hire” />Niche media firm Wiggin & Co has converted to a limited liability partnership, dropped the “& Co” from its name and celebrated with the hire of Ashurst corporate tax partner Sue Crawford (right). Crawford is the first tax partner to join Wiggin since its November 2003 split with […]

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In the past, LLPs have been exploited as tax-saving SPVs. But an artificial legal structure can have adverse consequences. John McDonnell QC reports During the debate on the second reading of the Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) Bill, the Department of Trade and Industry minister Kim Howells made it clear that the new legislation was only […]

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House of Lords rule in <i>Nat West v Spectrum Plus</i>

The House of Lords today overturned for good a decision made 25 years ago which has been governing the way creditors are paid in insolvency cases. A seven-strong panel of Law Lords handed down a unanimous judgment in the case of National Westminster Bank v Spectrum Plus, finding that Mr Justice Slade had erred in […]

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