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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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Addleshaw Booth & Co has made head of enforcement at the Financial Service Authority (FSA) Colin Porter (left) a partner in its reinsurance litigation team. Before joining the FSA two and a half years ago, Porter was a partner at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Porter is the third partner in Addleshaws’ reinsurance litigation team.

Tax boutique loses partner to Freshfields

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is taking on a partner from one of the US’s leading tax boutiques to boost its tax practice.`Claude Stansbury joins the Washington DC office of the firm from Ivins Phillips & Baker, where he was one of around 30 lawyers.`He will be the firm’s third US tax partner, the second to be […]

The good life

As always, Tulkinghorn gets all the exclusives. The legal world may be aware that Paul Rhodes, Hammonds Suddards Edge’s highly-rated head of national insolvency and corporate recovery, is retiring, but does it know why?`Once again, Tulkinghorn has sniffed out the answer. After doorstepping Rhodes for weeks, he confessed the truth to Tulkinghorn: “I want to […]

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Walker Morris has won legal work from coffee chain Starbucks. It joins London firm Ross & Craig, which has handled its legal work since it took over Seattle Coffee Company in 1998. This year, Walker Morris handled UK-wide property and construction deals for the Starbucks chain.

Paper trials

Fending off legal attacks on The Sun newspaper is no easy task. But to News International lawyer Daniel Taylor, it’s a case of fight the good fight Covering the wall of Daniel Taylor’s office is a collection of metaphorical scalps. Among the News International company solicitor’s valedictory gallery are front pages from The Sun – […]

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