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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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Asia Pacific 150: The rise of Asia’s indies

Yesterday saw the publication of The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, the annual ranking of the largest law firms by lawyer numbers across Asia Pacific. Growth across the international firms in Asia Pacific has slowed, while domestic firms are pushing forward. The Top 100 independent firms in the region increased lawyer headcount by 12 per cent […]

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Linklaters’ and CC’s bumper public M&A pay packet

At times, it looked as if the UK’s public M&A market was about to triumphantly return to form in the first half of 2013. But the rush never quite materialised. UK public M&A deals between 1 January and 27 June fell to 21 – a drop from 26 in the previous six months. According to […]

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Bird & Bird pushes revenues up 4 per cent to £259m

Bird & Bird has posted a revenue rise of 4 per cent from £249m to £259m but has indicated that net profit will be down on the £47.5m reported at the 2012/13 year end. It comes after an expansive year at the firm, which has seen it push for growth in the Asia Pacific region. […]

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