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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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Wragges takes on City with Herbert Smith raid

Strategy shift as Birmingham firm hires property star; other practice areas to follow In a shock move, Wragge & Co has hired leading Herbert Smith property partner Gerald Bland to launch a London real estate practice.The new venture is the first clear signal of a U-turn in Wragges’ Birmingham-centric strategy and the firm’s first foray […]

Bar up in arms after Stoy Hayward survey blunder

A massive foul up by business advisers BDO Stoy Hayward has meant almost one-third of chambers have received confidential financial and internal information about each other.Stoy Hayward sent out copies of chambers’ submissions for last year’s annual review of the bar. However, due to a computer error the forms included highly-confidential submissions made by several […]

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Latham & Watkins has hired two litigation partners from Pillsbury Winthrop. Stephen Stublarec and Christopher Byers have joined Latham’s San Francisco office to boost the firm’s litigation capability in the Bay Area.Both Stublarec and Byers specialise in complex commercial litigation. Stublarec concentrates on matters ranging from product liability to securities fraud. Byers has a strong […]

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With a slew of acquisitions and stakes in other stations, Natalie Schwarz joined Capital Radio at a challenging time. Emma Vere-Jones tunes in Nathalie Schwarz’s job title is something of a mouthful. As director of strategy and development, company secretary and director of legal services at Capital Radio, it is a good thing she talks […]

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