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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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BLP Singapore office to act as Asia catalyst

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to launch in Asia with a Singapore base, giving the firm a regional hub as it seeks to extend its international network through South East Asia and India. BLP is to open a Singapore office on Thursday 1 February following the hire of Asian heavyweight corporate M&A partner Paul Supramaniam […]

Gorg raids CC for four-man PPP team

Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office has lost a team of public procurement lawyers to German firm Görg, as one partner and four associates leave the magic circle firm. Frankfurt-based public procurement partner, Lutz Horn, who specialises in public private partnership projects, is leaving Clifford Chance. Horn is taking a team of four associates with him. The […]

India’s largest firm launches offshore outsourcing of legal services

India’s largest law firm Fox Mandal Little has teamed up with the UK-based outsourcing firm Centric, to set up a legal process outsourcing (LPO) firm in the Indian capital. Fox Mandal and Centric are to join forces with India’s Hinduja group, setting up one of India’s largest LPO firms, which will be based in New […]

Skadden scoops star antitrust team from Cadwalader

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has taken Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s head of antitrust plus two of his partners. The fallout at Cadwalader following head of antitrust Steve Sunshine’s departure is expected to extend to several associates, understood to be joining him at Skadden. Cadwalader’s antitrust capability is now limited to three litigation specialists […]

Bakers scores trademark victory in L’Oréal appeal

Baker & McKenzie has strengthened its ties with cosmetics company L’Oréal after winning a trademark battle in the Court of Appeal. The firm is also working on a separate IP appeal for L’Oréal against Bellure, which is accused of copying the smell of the company’s range of perfumes. The appeal is due to be heard […]

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