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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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DLA Piper publishes seventh quarterly report to Penn State from senator George Mitchell

DLA Piper and senator George J Mitchell have announced that the senator has delivered his seventh quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) among the Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate Athletics Association, and the Big Ten Conference.  The seventh report describes Penn State’s effort during the most recent […]

Here comes the sun at Clifford Chance

As London basks in Friday sunshine, the junior ranks of the magic circle are feeling even happier than the rest of the city’s workforce as the pay rises just keep on coming. Clifford Chance is the latest firm to boost its trainee and junior associate wages, with its generous approach reflecting the mood at its […]

No5’s Earl Pinnock defends cancer conman

Barrister Earl Pinnock from No5 Chambers recently defended Simon Williams, who has been sentenced to six months in prison after admitting fraudulently obtaining cash. Williams, 29, from Wolstanton, Staffs, told his family and friends that he had terminal cancer, and his mother, who believed he had only six months to live, set up a charity […]

Eversheds comments on India’s easing of restrictions for foreign online retailers

Parmjit Singh, head of the India business group at Eversheds, has commented following predictions that India is likely to ease restrictions for foreign online retailers. He said: ‘The news that the new Indian government is likely to ease restrictions for foreign online retailers will be welcomed by major online retailers, but will cause concerns for […]

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