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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 represents underwriters in Trupanion initial public offering

DLA Piper has represented the underwriters for Trupanion, a medical coverage provider for pets, in its $82m (£48m) initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which included shares sold upon exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares. The DLA Piper team representing the underwriters in the Trupanion IPO was led by partner […]

Market growth makes a comeback as Freshfields and Linklaters pump up revenue

It’s official. For the fifth consecutive year Clifford Chance is the biggest grower in the UK magic circle. But it’s good news all around for the firm’s peers. Today Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters also announced increased revenue. At Freshfields turnover is up 1 per cent to £1.232bn, while Linklaters increased revenues by 5.9 per […]

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Charles Russell Speechlys management: the joys of a clean sheet

What images fill your mind when you hear the names Speechly Bircham and Charles Russell? If it’s a vision of landed estates and leather-bound books, you’re probably not alone. But, perhaps these two firms are not as traditional as they appear. Yesterday 99 per cent of partners at both firms voted in favour of merging […]

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Ward Hadaway sees profit plummet despite solid turnover rise

North East firm Ward Hadaway has reported a 23 per cent drop in net profit for the 2013/14 financial year, although turnover rose by 2.2 per cent to £33.7m. The Newcastle-headquartered firm said profit had fallen to £2.7m from £3.5m last year. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) also fell by 23 per cent, from £322,000 […]

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In-house interview: Steven Webb, head of legal, Premier Farnell

Service is the name of the game for Steven Webb, GC at IT distributor Premier Farnell If there is one thing you learn as the head of legal at a business that sells 600,000 products from 3,000 suppliers to a couple of million customers in 150 countries, it’s that customer service matters. For Steven Webb, […]

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