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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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Pen pushers

Is Eversheds branching out into new and interesting areas of law? Just last week Tulkinghorn was at his local Tesco to stock up on his port and stilton supplies. After handing over his Coutts platinum card, he was given the receipt to sign with none other than a fancy orange Eversheds pen. Has the firm […]

Bindmans leads Lloyds TSB union in data battle

Renowned human rights firm Bindman & Partners is advising Lloyds TSB’s workers’ union on its legal attack on the bank’s offshore outsourcing, which could threaten the future of the practice. The claimants allege that Lloyds TSB is exporting its clients’ sensitive personal data to India, which does not have the same stringent standards of protection […]

CC mentoring scheme offers black students a helping hand

British African and Caribbean students may find the path to a corporate career more accessible thanks to the involvement of Clifford Chance in a programme aimed at improving educational potential among this group. The African and Caribbean Diversity (ACDiversity) mentoring and enrichment programme has been in existence since 1998, focusing on a combination of academic, […]

Masons wins NHS EDS work after A&O and DLA conflicted

Masons has helped settle the NHS’s dispute with IT provider EDS, setting it up to retender the contract to Cable & Wireless. The director general of the national programme for IT in the NHS Richard Granger turned to Masons IT partner Clive Seddon because his regular advisers – Allen & Overy (A&O) and DLA – […]

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