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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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Offshore firms turn to restructuring to weather downturn

Offshore firms are confident they will continue to grow despite a downturn in referral work from onshore firms during the economic crisis. Responding to The Lawyer’s offshore survey 2009 firms said trends had changed significantly with greater demand now for restructuring lawyers. Cayman Islands’ Walkers said it would “continue to grow” while Gibraltar headquartered Triay […]

Barclay bros return to Weil for Woolies purchase

Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate partner Marco Compagnoni has reprised his role for Daily Telegraph owners Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, advising the brothers on their acquisition of the Woolworths brand. The Barclay brothers’ online company Shop Direct Group, which formerly ­traded as Littlewoods Home Shopping, has bought the Woolworths brand as well as […]

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Last year’s heated dispute between the Ukraine and Russia over gas supplies was the latest in an series of arguments that has affected the energy supply to dozens of EU countries. Region: Baltic States Last year’s heated dispute between the Ukraine and Russia over gas supplies was the latest in an series of arguments that […]

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Revealed: the truth about legal speed dating

According to one magic circle trainee there is an unwritten ‘legal dating code of conduct’:1) never date someone from your own firm, and2) always date below your firm’s ranking to increase your chances of getting lucky. The trainee in question claims his foolproof method works, and has even tested it out in a bid to […]

Wolferstans

For many athletes, 2012 will be the culmination of years of hard work. But for Paul Woods, Senior partner of Wolferstans, the years of dedicated ­preparation will be more about competing in the race to ­harness the Legal Services Act 2007. According to Owen, Wolferstans is representative of one of the number of provincial firms […]

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