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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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QBE splits advisers into two in new-look roster

Insurance giant QBE has revamped its roster of external advisers for its European operations and created two distinct panels for the first time. The core panel, which handles a variety of work including employment, data protection, corporate, and regulatory matters, consists of DAC Beachcroft, Mayer Brown, Norton Rose Fulbright and RPC.  Added to this is […]

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Clyde & Co raids Linklaters ally Webber Wentzel for dual South Africa launch

Clyde & Co has entered South Africa with a five-lawyer raid on Linkaters’ ally Webber Wentzel’s insurance and legal liability group. The firm has launched with two partners in Cape Town today (16 May) and will launch a second office in Johannesburg as soon as departure dates for a further two partners and one consultant […]

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