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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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Door still open for students gunning for top law universities

Today is A-level results day, and any aspiring lawyers will be glad to know that several Russell Group universities still have LLB places available. As students across the land hold their collective breath to find out where (and whether) they will be taking the first steps toward their legal careers, they might like to know […]

Khaitan & Co advises Mizuho Bank in relation to Oil India’s commercial borrowing

Khaitan & Co has advised Mizuho Bank in relation to an external commercial borrowing of $250m (£146m) granted to Oil India for funding its domestic capital expenditure requirements. Mizuho Bank is the core retail banking unit of Mizuho Financial Group, which is the second-largest financial services company in Japan and one of the three so-called […]

No5 Chambers set to hold Court of Protection seminars in Birmingham and London

No5 Chambers’ Court of Protection group will be holding two seminars this autumn, on 23 October in Birmingham and 6 November in London. The seminars will cover a range of relevant issues that arise in the Court of Protection, including practice and procedure and recent cases. Delegates will have an opportunity to hear from leading […]

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HSF and A&O among firms involved in BSkyB’s £4.9bn Sky Europe deal

Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy are among the firms to advise on BSkyB’s £4.9bn takeover of Rupert Murdoch’s pay TV companies in Germany and Italy. The acquisitions mark a strategic change for BSkyB, which is hoping to become a pan-European pay-TV giant with customers spread across Germany, Italy, Austria, the UK and Ireland. […]

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