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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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Charles Russell half-year revenues rocket 25 per cent

Charles Russell has reportedly increased gross revenues by 25 per cent during the first half of the fiscal year. Managing partner Grant Howell claims that the firm’s billings have jumped an estimated £5m during the first half of 2005/06 to reach £25m, up from an estimated £20m this time last year. Howell claims the increase […]

Carlyle turns to Latham for China LBO

Latham & Watkins is acting for longstanding client Carlyle Group on the largest leveraged buyout in China – the $371m (£210m) takeover of Xugong Group Construction Machinery, China’s largest construction equipment producer. Carlyle bought an 85 per cent stake in Xugong from the city government of Xuzhou. It is understood that the landmark deal, which is […]

Euronext, Deutsche Börse ponder tough LSE bid conditions

The Competition Commission has given the green light for Euronext and Deutsche Börse to bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE), but imposed some tough conditions that many believe are potential deal-breakers. Following a seven-month inquiry, the commission found that both bids would “substantially lessen competition” and ruled that the deals would only get the […]

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