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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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The path between China and the UK may be a well-trodden one, but the one between China and the Baltics is less so. That’s about to change if expansionist Swedish firm Magnusson, which has just added Hong Kong to its network after tying up with two-partner firm Odebjer Fohlin , gets its way. The launch […]

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Top 10 stories: 16-22 January 2015

The top 10 stories last week were dominated by our annual top 20 cases feature – but the creation of the world’s biggest law firm was close behind. The hotly-anticipated analysis of the top 20 cases, which showed just how international the English courts now are, was the biggest story of last week. The analysis […]

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Travers Smith advises as thetrainline.com books IPO ticket

Travers Smith is advising the UK’s largest online rail bookings company thetrainline.com as it prepares to go public later this year. Travers Smith corporate head Spencer Summerfield is leading the advice for thetrainline.com owners Exponent, alongside corporate partners Adrian West and Charles Casassa. Herbert Smith Freehills corporate partner Chris Haynes and global head of capital […]

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City Link administration gifts roles to quartet of firms

Last year was a slightly quieter year for insolvency lawyers than we’ve seen for a while – although not devoid of work. High-profile insolvencies included Phones4U and London Mining and, just before Christmas, that of courier business City Link . City Link’s administration handed key roles to Gateley, Macfarlanes and Mayer Brown. Macfarlanes scooped the […]

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Nabarro’s French ally Lefèvre Pelletier reports 7 per cent turnover rise

Nabarro’s newly recruited French ally Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has reported a 7 per cent rise in turnover for 2014, with revenue hitting €30.5m (£22.9m) for the last year. Revenue rose from €28.3m in 2013 and followed the lateral recruitment of three partners and four promotions last year.  The firm now employs 175 people including […]

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