Deals round-up

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by corporate partner Gareth Stephenson, has advised Westbury on its takeover by Persimmon for £650m. The acquisition will strengthen Persimmon’s position as one of the UK’s leading housebuilders. Persimmon was advised by Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

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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

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Equitable settles; A&O, Simmons get costs

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Simmons & Simmons has brought a new level of innovation into the organisation of split capital investment trusts with a new type of reconstruction. The firm advised longstanding client Jupiter on a ‘continuation’ reconstruction of its split capital investment trust Jupiter Dividend & Growth Trust, eschewing the more typical ‘rollover’ type of reorganisation. Split capital […]

International eye: Europe

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