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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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Norton Rose adds Clifford Chance lawyer to Hong Kong practice

Norton Rose has continued its Asian expansion with the hire of Clifford Chance consultant Charlotte Robins as a partner in its Hong Kong corporate team. The latest hire comes after the firm set up a specialist IP group for Asia with the recruitment of DLA Piper partners Gigi Cheah and Justin Davidson. The firm has […]

Gleiss Lutz adds three partners to equity

Herbert Smith alliance firm Gleiss Lutz has promoted three associated partners in Germany into the equity. Employment lawyer Christian Arnold, corporate lawyer Michael Burian and tax specialist Stefan Mayer will all become full partners at the firm as of 1 January 2011. Arnold and Burian both practise in Gleiss Lutz’s Stuttgart office, specialising in collective […]

A fine balance

At this time of year, it’s understandable if work takes something of a backseat. What with all the present buying, turkey stuffing and wine mulling to be done, that massive bit of corporate M&A work that’ll keep your kids in ermine pyjamas until their dotage can probably wait ’til the New Year. So it is […]

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Cleary anoints DC litigator as new managing partner

US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elected Mark Leddy as its new managing partner following an uncontested election. Leddy will take over from incumbent Mark Walker, who was appointed to the role in 2005 (9 May 2005), on 1 January 2011. Anti-trust partner Leddy is currently based in Washington DC but will split […]

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DLA Piper slams the door on Bulgaria

DLA Piper is to close its Bulgarian office in the new year, citing problems associated with the economic downturn. DLA Piper is to close its Bulgarian office in the new year, citing problems associated with the economic downturn. The Sofia office, which was launched in 2006, will shut up shop next month. The sole partner, […]

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