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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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October employment law changes

The last 12 months has proved an exceptionally busy period for employment law reform, in many cases the changes arising outside of the usual April and October dates for legislative change. The various changes can be viewed in Eversheds’ guide. This October brings fewer changes, in light of what has proceeded it, but they are […]

Wagner

Moves 30 September

Move of the week Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has ramped up its London asset-backed securitisation team with the hire of two partners from Mayer Brown into its global capital markets practice. US securitisation and structured finance partners Bruce Bloomingdale and Jeremiah Wagner (pictured) join Cadwalader a year after their former colleague Stephen Day.  UK London […]

Service charge consultation regime — costs fallout

The long-running saga of Daejan Investments Ltd v Benson and Others [2013] UKSC 54 at last reaches what should be its ultimate conclusion as far as the courts are concerned. Both landlords and tenants will have an interest in how the court has dealt with the question of costs. By way of reminder, in March […]

Intellectual property highlights — September 2013

The largest German intellectual property event in 2013 is the annual conference of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, which gathered more than 700 professionals from more than 30 states. The conference gathered various participants from academia and institutions (such as the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Court of Justice, the German Ministry […]

Fracking

Environmental law: Drills, spills and bellyaches

Shale gas extraction is the hot environmental issue of the moment, offering great opportunities but meeting stubborn opposition Few legal issues literally make the earth move, but fracking is one. As the environmental controversy du jour, everyone from Yoko Ono to the Church of England has stuck their oar into the £1trn (or thereabouts) question […]

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