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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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BLP advises alongside magic circle trio in GE’s £3.8bn loan sale to consortium

A host of firms have advised on the £3.8bn acquisition of a portfolio of first lien mortgage loans from General Electric’s (GE) UK home lending business. GE Capital was represented by Allen & Overy (A&O), with a team including partner Daniel McKimm. Meanwhile Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) advised the investment consortium made up of funds […]

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Matrix Chambers hires ex-Treasury Solicitor Paul Jenkins QC

Matrix Chambers has hired former Treasury Solicitor and head of the Government Legal Department Paul Jenkins QC as an associate member. Jenkins will join the set’s investigations and audits team, which advises governments and businesses on inquiries, audits and reviews. The appointment comes just one day after Matrix hired Allen & Overy senior associate Angeline […]

RBS GC quits for Santander amidst shareholder litigation battle

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) general counsel John Collins has resigned after less than a year in the top job to join Santander UK as director of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs. Collins will remain at the bank until mid-2016, a spokesperson at RBS confirmed. His successor has not yet been named. His exit could disrupt […]

Ex-BLP corporate head Collins joins Dentons to lead London practice

Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate head David Collins has joined Dentons as head of its UK corporate group. Collins left BLP in October after losing the firm’s leadership election to employment partner Lisa Mayhew in February. He will replace Richard Barham when he takes over the corporate practice on 1 January. Barham, who was head of […]

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