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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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Judge slammed by Appeal Court after Addleshaws spat

Mr Justice Peter Smith was slammed by the Court of Appeal today (4 July) for marring his judgment with his personal feelings in a recusal application. The case of Howell v Lees-Millais was due to be heard on 28 June but the law firm Addleshaw Goddard, whose head of the private client group Paul Howell […]

Eversheds raid forces Weil to axe Brussels office

Eversheds has beefed up its Brussels presence with the addition of a team of lawyers that includes the head of Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ local office, M&A partner Stanislas De Peuter. De Peuter’s exit spells the official closure of Weil’s Brussels operation. Also joining Eversheds is Ignaas Behaeghe, head of tax at Brussels firm Lawfort, […]

A&O launches in Düsseldorf with former Freshfields boss

Allen & Overy (A&O) has continued its aggressive expansion plans by opening a Düsseldorf office with a former German managing partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. This is the third office A&O has opened in six weeks, following launches in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. A&O’s Düsseldorf offering will be spearheaded by corporate partner Thomas Austmann, […]

A&O overhauls management team in Germany

Allen & Overy (A&O) has overhauled its management in Germany, announcing a new managing partner and senior partner. Incumbent senior partner Neil Weiand is stepping down as senior partner after a maximum period of nine years in the role, although he will retain a seat on A&O’s firmwide management board. Current managing partner Cornelius Fischer-Zernin […]

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