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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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Sullivan, Darrois take M&A lead

A quiet first quarter in France has seen four French independent firms climb the M&A rankings amid continued Anglo-Saxon and US dominance in Paris. Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier topped Mergermar-ket’s first-quarter league table for value of transactions. It acted on three deals worth a total of €9.6bn (£6.61bn), including the €8.4bn (£5.78bn) acquisition of 30 […]

Balfour & Manson appoints 4 new partners

Scottish firm Balfour & Manson Solicitors has appointed four new partners as of 4 April 2005 and leading personal injury partner, Fred Tyler, has taken over as chairman. Lisa Gregory now heads the Aberdeen office, having joined the firm in May 2004 from Burnside Kemp Fraser where she practised for eight years. She is a […]

For the record …

In The Lawyer’s 16 March Lawyer News Weekly email, it was wrongly stated that Trowers & Hamlins was one of several firms that had refused to provide information for an HR survey regarding the number of female partners. In fact, the firm did respond with the details. We are happy to correct the error.

EU summit retains legal boundaries

An opportunity for UK lawyers to work in other EU countries under their own standards and professional bodies appears to have been lost at last week’s (March 22-23) EU summit in Brussels. Heads of government agreed to rewrite a proposed services directive put forward last year by former internal market commissioner Frits Bolkestein, after pressure […]

Exchange Chambers makes triple swoop

North West set Exchange Chambers has hired three new criminal tenants. The three, all junior barristers, bring the number of tenants at Exchange to 82, including 12 silks. Mark Ainsworth, a junior of 13 years’ call, comes from Peel Court Chambers in Manchester, where he has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service. Meanwhile, Louise Whaites […]

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