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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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Orrick and Slaughters advise as Venture rejects Centrica’s takeover bid

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Slaughter and May are advising as talks continue between Centrica and North Sea gas producer Venture Production. British Gas owner Centrica increased its stake in Venture to 29.9 per cent on Monday after Venture rejected a 845p-a-share hostile takeover bid. Cetrica is reported to be considering a £1.1bn bid for the rest […]

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College of Law vs Kaplan vs BPP: law schools vie for top spot

Legal education providers across the country have started to jostle for supremacy in response to the recent relaxation of LPC rules by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Giles Proctor In one of the biggest shake-ups in legal education history, the SRA recently unveiled the official list of institutions that are to launch the so-called ‘LPC 3’ from September. […]

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BPP students made to wait for exam results

BPP Law school has denied claims that an outbreak of swine flu caused it to delay releasing exam results to its Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students for two days earlier this week. Hundreds of would-be lawyers had to wait 48 hours longer than expected for their exam results after BPP said that a technical […]

Freshfields expands US litigation practice with BoA hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened its nascent US litigation and arbitration group with the hire of the former deputy general counsel and director of litigation at Bank of America, David Onorato. Earlier this year the firm launched its US litigation practice after hiring a trio of partners from two leading US practices. Aaron Marcu and […]

Work Life Quiz: Ian Beardmore, Flint Bishop Solicitors

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?Brad Pitt. It’s obvious. Ian Beardmore What was your first-ever job? Insulating lofts in the ­summer holidays. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Losing some unregistered title deeds, which were found in a local pub in Derby (which […]

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