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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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Is it a bird, is it a plane? Today at the Court of Appeal it was both, or more accurately, 2Birds and one plane. Bird & Bird came crashing to earth today after losing an appeal for airline Jet2.com over whether it should pay compensation to delayed passenger Ronald Huzar. 2Birds’ hopes might have been […]

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The in-house interview: Superdry GC Lindsay Beardsell

Tailoring a patched up legal function into a bespoke unit was the task facing Lindsay Beardsell when she took over as GC at Supergroup, parent of fashion company Superdry Even in a profession where ‘dress-down Fridays’ have become the norm and the tie an endangered species, most lawyers would not skip into the office kitted […]

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Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to a wholly merit-based remuneration structure once the two firms merge on 1 June. The decision was made at the start of the merger discussions after Patton Boggs conducted a strategic review of its compensation structure and decided to abolish its traditional ’eat-what-you-kill’ model. Patton Boggs […]

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