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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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Cleary and Linklaters crowned kings of IPOs

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters have secured top spots in the Bloomberg Q3 2006 league rankings for global IPO issuer and manager legal advisers respectively. Cleary Gottlieb has advised as issuers’ counsel on seven deals worth a total of $16.6bn, while Linklaters has advised as managers’ counsel on 25 deals worth $20bn, according […]

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The impact of the Carter report on the future of legal aid will be devastating for legal aid firms, a study commissioned by the Law Society warned today (26 September). According to research company LECG over 800 legal aid firms will be forced out of business by the reforms because they will be unable to […]

Harbottles to solve Maria’s problems

The TV talent show for the most coveted job in the West End – the role of Maria von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s upcoming production of The Sound of Music – was mirrored by the beauty parade to find a legal adviser for the lucky winner. The lucky firm turned out to be Harbottle […]

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Halliwells’ involvement in Sport England’s scheme to get North West companies fitter backfired when its participation was announced back in April and it was accused of profiting from funds that should have gone to poor, needy organisations. Now news comes that some of the firm’s employees were using the scheme in an inappropriate manner, after […]

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