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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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Allen & Overy Amsterdam to hold breakfast meetings for financial regulatory experts

Allen & Overy Amsterdam has introduced a series of breakfast meetings called ‘Early Birds’, which has been organised by the firm’s Amsterdam financial regulatory team and is targeted at financial regulatory and compliance experts. In these meetings, new legislation will be discussed, with a focus on its interpretation and the consequences for clients’ organisations and possible solutions. In […]

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Tailoring a patched up legal function into a bespoke unit was the task facing Lindsay Beardsell when she took over as GC at Supergroup, parent of fashion company Superdry Even in a profession where ‘dress-down Fridays’ have become the norm and the tie an endangered species, most lawyers would not skip into the office kitted […]

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Slater & Gordon takes on Manchester HQ and re-jigs UK management

Slater & Gordon (S&G) has confirmed a UK management re-jig and taken on 105,000 sq ft of office space in Manchester. The Australian-listed firm has secured seven floors of 58 Mosley Street Manchester, where it will bring legacy Pannone, Fentons and its pre-existing Manchester staff under one roof for the first time since the 2012/13 […]

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City law firms have now officially put female career progression at the top of their to-do lists. Linklaters has become the latest firm to set targets for female representation at partnership level. Is this a sign of real change, or is it hot air? Linklaters becomes first magic circle firm to set gender diversity targets […]

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