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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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Young & Co

Young & Co Brewery boosts portfolio with agreement to acquire 17 pubs for £5.8m from Bristol brewer Smiles Holdings. Young & Co was advised by Druces & Attlee (Wayne Smith, with Karen Chapman and Jeremy Spooner). Smiles Holdings advised by Osborne Clarke OWA (Michael O’Haire).

Law firms offering legal aid halved

Only 5000 law firms won contracts to offer legally aided initial advice and legal assistance in civil cases under the new scheme launched by the Lord Chancellor’s Department yesterday. Under the old system, more than 11,000 firms were entitled to offer such advice. The Law Society has reacted with fury to the cuts, claiming that […]

Brief encounter: DMH

Size is not everything, as 28-partner Brighton-based firm DMH proves. It has a turnover of more than £10m, placing it just outside The Lawyer’s top 100 law firms. This compares favourably with its nearest but much larger rival, 47-partner Blake Lapthorn, which had a turnover of £15m last year. DMH has recently rebranded, adopting a […]

DaimlerChrysler

DaimlerChrysler to sell and deliver cars over the internet. DaimlerChrysler advised by Olswang (Clive Gringras) and DaimlerChrysler’s in-house team (Sebastian Calman).

DAC loses top insurance partner to client

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is losing an insurance and reinsurance partner to one of its clients, Jardine Lloyd Thompson. Edward Foss is joining the company, the fifth-largest broker in the world, in the new year, although a date has not yet been fixed. He is set to join the in-house department to specialise in litigation […]

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