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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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Chinese outbound investment is rising exponentially, providing international law firms with a new and increasingly important client base. Yun Kriegler reports At the end of October Beijing became the home away from home for 700 Baker & McKenzie partners from 41 countries as the firm held its week-long annual global partners meeting in the capital […]

Portugal’s Sérvulo and Brazil’s Manesco Ramires sign partnership agreement

Portuguese firmSérvulo & Associados has signed a partnership agreement with Brazilian outfit Manesco Ramires Perez Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados. The move will see the firms collaborate on client projects of mutual interest, particularly in the infrastructure sector. The agreement consolidates the existing relationship between the firms that has been in place for around four […]

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Football’s coming to Ukraine, but the country’s lack of preparation means some lawyers aren’t benefitting. With Ukraine set to host the next Uefa European Football Championship (Euro 2012), projects are nearing completion to prepare the Kiev, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lviv venues for a ­barrage of tourists. But has the volume of work lived up to […]

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Hogan Lovells names successor to retiring insurance head Young

Hogan Lovells has appointed a new head of corporate and regulatory insurance to replace John Young, who retires in April 2012. Tim Goggin, a partner in the financial institutions group of legacy firm Lovells since 2003, will replace Hogan Lovells co-chair John Young as head of corporate and regulatory insurance on 1 January. Young has […]

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High Court orders Herbert Smith and RBS to bare all

Fresh twist in Highland Capital case as privilege waived further A judge has demanded that privileged communications between Herbert Smith and RBS be handed over in a £66m case in which the bank ditched the firm in favour of ­Linklaters. At a pre-trial review (PTR) in the High Court on 22 November, Mr Justice Burton ordered RBS to disclose privileged communications […]

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