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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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DAC Beachcroft expands construction with Watson Burton hire

Watson Burton construction and engineering chief Roddy Gordon has left the firm to head DAC Beachcroft’s construction practice in Newcastle. He joins the firm after 12 years with Watson Burton in the Newcastle office. Commenting on the appointment DAC Beachcroft Regional Senior Partner for Newcastle David Weatherburn said: “We’re always on the look-out for people […]

Americans in London

We’ve gone a little US-mad here at The Lawyer, where you’ll find all we’re talking about is the long-awaited Top 30 International firm’s in London table. Call us sad if you will, dear reader, but at least give us the pleasure of treating you to a Monday lunchtime stat attack. We promise to give you […]

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A&O and DLA perfect blend on £160m sale of whisky maker

Allen & Overy (A&O) and DLA Piper played key advisory roles on the £160m sale of Scottish whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers to South African drinks group Distell. The sale sees Distell buy 100 per cent of the share capital of East Kilbride-based Burn Stewart, which owns Scottish Leader and Black Bottle, from co-owners CL […]

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