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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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CAAT secures key High Court ruling against BAE and Government

The High Court last week ordered BAE Systems to produce a sworn affidavit divulging how the aerospace giant obtained a confidential and legally privileged document belonging to pressure group Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT). As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (25 January), the documents were leaked to BAE ahead of a court battle that pitched […]

Five-partner exodus sees Bristows halt promotions

Bristows’ partnership has been put on hold as the firm assesses the damage from the shock departures of five life sciences partners. The firm is postponing this year’s round of partnership promotions while it comes to terms with the loss of one-fifth of its partnership. Co-managing partner Pat Treacy said: “We’ll hold off promotion talks […]

Bakers wins key BBC role

Baker & McKenzie has won a role as the BBC Trust’s key regulatory adviser, after pitching for the work last year. Other firms vying for the role included Norton Rose. The firm will advise on the Trust’s fair trading policies as well as on the competition aspects of new BBC projects, such as on-demand and […]

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