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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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Careers: people

East Anglian firm Kester Cunningham John has announced two new associates in its personal injury team. Jenny Holt, who specialises in claims on behalf of amputees, and Simon Davis, an expert in catastrophic spinal and head injury cases, both joined the firm in 2001. Coudert Brothers has appointed Alexandra Caminer as a senior associate in […]

Kirkland scoops Gibson restructuring head

Kirkland & Ellis has hired Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s high profile restructuring head Rick Cieri. Cieri is best known for his work for debtors and secured creditors and was debtors’ counsel in a host of Chapter 11 cases and restructurings including Solutia, Napster and Trans World Airlines. He joins Kirkland’s New York office. Cieri joined […]

B&M Hong Kong tax partner departs

Baker & McKenzie tax and commercial partner Daniel Chan left the firm’s Hong Kong office last Monday (31 January). A spokesperson for the firm said: “Baker & McKenzie can confirm that Daniel Lap Fung Chan, a partner of Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong, left the firm with effect from 31 January 2005 in order to […]

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Equitable Life v Ernst & Young: good, old-fashioned litigation

Equitable and E&Y may want closure, but as Joanne Harris reports, the lawyers are loving this one Equitable Life v Ernst & Young is one of those pieces of litigation that has been rumbling on for what seems like forever. But this year it finally reaches the High Court in a full-blown, six-month trial, beginning […]

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