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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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Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance sweep the board in PFI awards

The first awards for PFI work have seen Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy clean up. The PFI awards, organised by The Lawyer’s sister title, The PFI Report, recognised the most innovative deals struck in the sector over the last year. Allen & Overy advised on four of the eight winners. The deals included advising […]

Scuffle of the week

Flamboyant Scottish QC and former vice-chairman of Rangers Football Club Donald Findlay stands accused of singing sectarian songs – a dangerous act in Glasgow where there is tense rivalry between Catholic supporters of Celtic and Protestant Rangers fans. Leading scots criminal lawyer Findlay, who was allegedly spotted at a post-match party singing The Sash, Follow […]

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Hempsons suit sparks Leigh family squabble

Well-known legal siblings Sarah and Bertie Leigh are squabbling over a law-suit against clinical negligence firm Hempsons. Bolt Burdon’s Louise Kerr is acting for claimant Dennis Walden, who waited six years in vain for his day in court after being injured at work in 1990. Kerr says angry correspondence between Sarah Leigh, Leigh Day & […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Keate Jones

Kate Jones was born in Hitchin in 1970. She is a solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall. What subject(s) did you fail at school? None. What was your first job? Working in a garden centre at weekends. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u11,000 a year. What would you have done if […]

Flotations & Financing

Norton Rose’s collective investment scheme partners, Tim Marsden and Andrew Mitchell, and Warburg Dillon Read advised the £950m Mercury European Privatisation Trust (MEPT) on defending its position from short-term investor groups and others. The requisitionists were advised by investment funds partner Nigel Farr of Herbert Smith.

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