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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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Eversheds unveils 10-step guide in wake of SNB’s unpegging of Swiss franc

Last week, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) removed the €1.20/CHF peg. This took the FX markets by complete surprise, and caused a dramatic spike in the value of the Swiss Franc. The full scale of that fallout remains to be seen. Casualties include a major hedge fund which reportedly suffered nearly US$1bn in FX losses. […]

Why clients and Generation Y are turning away from clever branding

It’s official. Clients are becoming oblivious to law firm branding, as they turn their focus to expertise, quality of service and relationships instead. Evidence of this change was present in Acritas’ 2015 US law firm brand index, which showed Skadden at the top of an increasingly crowded list for the fourth time. The same trend […]

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JP Morgan legal costs soar on back of regulators’ fines

JPMorgan has revealed that it ran up $1.1bn (£723m) of legal expenses during the fourth quarter of 2014, up 30 per cent from $847m the year before. The figures were released in the bank’s fourth quarter results today (14 January). The results showed that despite the extra legal costs, the bank’s net expense for the […]

Ogier supports Jersey Student Business Challenge

The Jersey Student Business Challenge kicked off with a launch event for students from Grainville and JCG on Tuesday 13 January 2015.  The Challenge, which is supported by Ogier as well as by Barclays and EY, sees 10 teams of students from each school start-up and run their own businesses with an initial investment of […]

Proskauer reaps rewards from King & Wood Mallesons

Last September, legacy SJ Berwin’s (SJB) former corporate head Steve Davis quit the firm to join Proskauer, the US outfit that SJB had temporarily courted prior to its giant King & Wood Mallesons tie-up. But it looks as if the partner didn’t leave SJB empty-handed. A couple of months into his new role, he has […]

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