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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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CCR&W boosts litigation team with four partners

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells has recruited four new litigation partners in New York as it loses its highly-regarded litigator Mark Pomerantz. The new partners are Joseph Cyr, Peter Chaffetz, Steven Schwartz and David Lindsey. Cyr is a big case litigator who represents corporate and financial institutions. He joins from the New York office of […]

Securitisations

Clifford Chance represented Merrill Lynch International on a £235m securitisation of the rental incomes of 116 BUPA-owned nursing homes. The securitisation was completed through Guernsey-incorporated company

Osborne Clarke woos construction partner

Osborne Clarke is poaching a key partner from City-based firm Laytons as part of a drive to expand its construction department. Laytons’ national head of construction John Redmond is moving to Osborne Clarke in May to take up the same title there. Osborne Clarke has no construction partners and only two full-time assistants in this […]

Hammond Suddards poaches Eversheds property partner

Hammond Suddards is taking a partner from Eversheds as part of a bid to strengthen its commercial property practice. Nic Crocker joins the firm’s Leeds office at the end of this month after 16 years at Eversheds. Crocker says: “We all come to a stage in our careers where we start to think, are we […]

Will DAC recover?

So Nick Sinfield’s reign of terror has finally come to an end. Davies Arnold Cooper’s managing director has turned his one-year tenure into a spectacle so bloody that it is hard to imagine how the firm has retained an ounce of credibility within the profession. Since February, 90 people were made redundant from the Manchester […]

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