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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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Eversheds has appointed Richard Lewis as a partner in its London M&A practice. Move of the week Lewis joins from Hogan Lovells, where he has been a partner since 2001. He has worked on a wide spectrum of transactions, covering life sciences, financial institutions and ­industrial sectors. His clients include ­international pharmaceutical companies and insurers, […]

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Cohabitation Law: “Time for change”, say leading divorce lawyers

The Supreme Court will shortly hand down its long awaited, and highly anticipated, judgment in the case of Mr Kernott and Ms Jones. Mr Kernott and Ms Jones lived together for 10 years, had two children together, but very importantly never married. Their circumstances reflect a growing social trend at a time when nearly half […]

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Many independent French law firms last the ­lifespans of their founders before breaking up, with partners joining rivals or founding boutiques. Desfilis & McGowan is a little different. Although it bears the name of two current partners, José Desfilis and Aline McGowan, it can trace its history back to 1920. It was in that year […]

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