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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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Herbies wins payout for BSkyB in long-running EDS dispute

Herbert Smith has secured a £318m payout for client British Sky Broadcasting, which was in dispute with Electronic Data Systems (EDS). The broadcaster had been in dispute with the IT supplier for the last seven years over a customer relationship management (CRM) system it installed for the broadcaster in 2000. The original contract was worth […]

Howes Percival boosts private client team

Howes Percival is forging ahead with plans to treble its private client team following the arrival of two lawyers. Solicitor Justine Flack has arrived from Clarkes Solicitors and will be joined by associate partner William Chalk from BP Collins next week. The firm wants to expand the seven-strong private client team to 15 by April […]

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Mayer Brown courtship of Simmons founders

US giant undeterred by failed talks as search for City ally continues Mayer Brown has been in secret merger talks with Simmons & Simmons as the Chicago-headquartered firm looks at ways of bolstering its dwindling presence on the UK side of the Atlantic. It is understood that the two firms held talks, which have now […]

A&O names Shearman joiner as German managing partner

Allen & Overy has named a relative newcomer to the firm as its next German managing partner, with the incumbent preparing to step down at the end of this year. Gottfried Breuninger, who joined the magic circle firm in 2008 from the Munich office of Shearman & Sterling, has been appointed to the role, according […]

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