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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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Flash memory storage company SanDisk has announced the appointment of new chief legal officer Mark Brazeal, senior deputy general counsel at tech company Broadcom.  He has replaced former chief legal officer Eric Whitaker, who had been in the role since January 2013. Before his role at SanDisk, Whitaker was general counsel and corporate secretary at […]

Tesco faces potential legal battle over £250m profit error

Tesco landed in hot water earlier this year after overstating its half-year profits by £250m and could now face claims from a raft of shareholders represented by Stewarts Law. The supermarket giant has already called in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to investigate the overstatement, determine whether any rules were broken by the chain and advise management […]

Tchenguiz brothers continue court battles with fresh lawsuit

Businessman brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz must know their way around the Royal Courts of Justice pretty well by now. Their battles with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) began in 2011 when the body conducted dawn raids on the Tchenguiz’s businesses. But the SFO dropped its investigation into the pair’s affairs in 2012 and was […]

Shoosmiths up for Best Regulatory Law Firm award

Shoosmiths has been shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm at the 2015 Women in Compliance Awards. The awards criteria stipulate that entrants must demonstrate that their compliance team is either led by a woman or has a diverse make-up with female team members being integral to its function and success. Manchester-based senior associate Andrea James, Nottingham-based […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 7 December 2014

The thing about London – as has been noted by observers many times over the years – is its resilience. Traumatic events quickly fade into hazy memory. The riots of 2011 sparked by the shooting of Mark Duggan, so shocking at the time, are barely mentioned now: the news agenda has moved on and guests […]

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