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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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Banking litigators decide it’s better to stay together

With the fallout from Libor still raging, PPI claims still filtering through and a hefty volume of smaller claims on their plates, now is certainly a suitable time for banks to be concerned about their legal heft. But what exactly are they doing? Many have been reorganising their legal teams accordingly, deciding that it’s better […]

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ABS of the Year Roundtable: Variety adds spice

ABSs arrived just two years ago but their impact on the profession is already deep. In a pre-Awards debate, our shortlisters discuss the rough and smooth of the transition In association with The Lawyer’s recent alternative business structure (ABS) roundtable gathered five pioneers of the liberalised UK legal market and found that if there is one […]

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Northern Ireland: The low tax dream

Northern Ireland’s economy has picked up and work levels with it. Lawyers can almost taste the possibilities from much lower corporation tax In the years immediately preceding the financial crash the Northern Ireland economy routinely tracked above that of the UK as a whole, Scotland and its southern neighbour Eire. But the past few years […]

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Freshfields and Slaughters land key roles on Zoopla’s £919m IPO

A raft of firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have advised on Zoopla Property Group’s IPO. Freshfields took the key role for the property website after winning a competitive pitch process, marking a new client for the magic circle firm.  As part of the transaction, Daily Mail General Trust (DMGT) which is […]

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