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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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Trialled West

Local courts can be entirely appropriate places to bring complex litigation, as Victoria Jones explains A question frequently put to barristers practising outside London is whether there are advantages to bringing ­proceedings in local courts. In the commercial sphere the question is often preceded by a query as to whether it is even possible to […]

Simmons hires partner for depleted Paris office

Simmons & Simmons has begun to rebuild its depleted Paris office with the hire of Landwell & Associés partner Michèle Anahory. Anahory’s arrival at Simmons follows a number of partner losses from the firm’s French office. This week it was announced that Africa group head Christophe Asselineau is joining Shearman & Sterling, employment partner Laure […]

Wedding stress

It is a truth universally acknowledged that bank holidays are, categorically, Good Things. So, having four of them come along in less time than it takes to say ’souvenir tea towel’ must surely be a cause for unconfined celebration to break out the length and breadth of the land. But one constituency that won’t be […]

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Resurgence of corporate sector sees Paris practices think laterally

Since the beginning of 2011 there have been almost 40 lateral ­partner moves in Paris, making last week’s news that three partners were ­leaving Simmons & Simmons for Norton Rose, Shearman & ­Sterling and Fasken Martineau part of a much bigger trend. The bulk of the hires have been in the corporate sphere. The main […]

Beachcroft meets Department of Health’s deadline on 70 TCS deals

Beachcroft has completed more than 70 major transactions in the past week under the Department of Health’s Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme. The firm completed the transactions, which relate to the transfer of community services from primary care trusts (PCTs) to new providers and range in value from £3m to more than £250m, by the […]

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