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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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Private equity backed Parabis Group has received a further £13m cash injection from its investor Duke Street. Duke Street was the first private equity investor to enter the legal services market when it opened up to non-lawyer backers in 2012 (22 August 2012). Parabis was forced to delay its ABS deal with private equity house […]

Leonid Ristev from Karanovic & Nikolic speaks at mineral resources conference

Leonid Ristev, senior associate at Karanovic & Nikolic, recently held a presentation at the 4th International Conference on Mineral Resources in the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade. He lectured on the comparative analysis of public-private partnerships and strategic partnerships between private investors and the state in the sector of mining in Serbia. The event covered key […]

RBS turns to Dentons for £30m Libor claim

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to Dentons to defend it against a £30m claim from Cooke Young & Keidan (CYK) client property developer Property Alliance Group over Libor-related misselling allegations. The bank is the third to have faced Libor-related claims, following the Guardian Care Homes case against Clifford Chance client Barclays which […]

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Clydesdale replaces UK GC as Darbyshire returns to Australia role

Clydesdale Bank UK general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB) with James Peirson taking over the UK role.  Darbyshire took up the role as general counsel and company secretary for NAB’s UK operations two years ago after several years leading the bank’s Australian […]

Addleshaw Goddard targets return to UK top 20

After a turbulent year politically and a disappointing half a decade in terms of the firm’s financials, Addleshaw Goddard is rolling out a new five-year strategy focused on financial performance, as we report here. The strategy has set out a number of financial key performance indicators and demonstrates a clear shift in emphasis from the […]

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