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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 […]

Unprecedented sector changes for housing standards

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed its Second Reading at the beginning of 2018. The Bill has support from both landlord and tenant-focused organisations, who are eager for it to pass into law. Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan […]

Anti-variation clauses: Valid after all

By Gwendoline Davies  In 2016 the Court of Appeal ruled that anti-variation clauses in commercial contracts had no legal effect and that contracts could be varied despite prior express restrictions to the contrary.  That has now been unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court in MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd.  Walker Morris’ Head of […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

Financial Services Matters – Spring 2018

Welcome to the first edition of Financial Services Matters, Walker Morris’ brand new regular newsletter for Financial Services clients. Our roundup of what’s going on in the courts, on the statute books and at the Regulators across the UK’s jurisdictions is brief, relevant, non-technical and light-hearted – your essential guide to all Financial Services matters. Please […]

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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 […]

Angola: New rules for tenders in petroleum sector

Presidential Decree no. 86/18 was published on 2 April. This Presidential Decree approves the Rules and Procedures for Tenders to Acquire the status of Associate of the National Concessionaire and for Procurement of Goods and Services in the Petroleum Sector. Like Decree no. 48/06 of 1 September, which is now repealed, this new piece of […]

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Work Life Quiz: Steve Wardlaw, Baker Botts

What was your first job? Customer returns at Toys R Us. It wasn’t the bright orange stripey jackets, it was the abuse when we wouldn’t give refunds for toys that still had the Boots label on. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Apart from a 56-hour closing, being sent by a partner to […]

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Clydes makes eight redundant following consultation

Clyde & Co has made eight support staff redundant following a consultation in the wake of 2011 merger with legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG). Clydes said in January that there would be a consultation that would affect fewer than ten staff with the changes affecting the London base (30 January 2013). The firm has […]

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Harneys appoints Ogier duo for further Cayman growth

Harneys has hired a pair of senior lawyers from Ogier to continue its expansion in the Cayman Islands. Ogier partner Andrew Morehouse and counsel Colin Berryman both join Harneys’ Cayman office as partners. Both lawyers specialise in investment funds, as well as general corporate work. Harneys has been expanding its Cayman practice globally over the […]

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