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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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Chadbourne bolsters Moscow with new partner

Chadbourne & Parke is ramping up its Moscow presence with the hire of former Lovells partner Christopher Owen. Owen, a capital markets and M&A specialist, was the head of Lovells’ Moscow office until being replaced in the role by corporate partner Oxana Balayan in January. He joins Chadbourne as a partner. Chadbourne was among the […]

BakerPlatt takes on US white-collar prosecutor

BakerPlatt, the Jersey-based legal and professional services group allied to UK chambers 7 Bedford Row, has hired former white-collar crime prosecutor John Moscow. Moscow, who is based in New York, spent 30 years at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He headed the office’s investigations into the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Enron […]

Kramer loses Italian ally to Greenberg

Studio Santa Maria, the Italian ally of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, has sidelined the New York firm to form an alliance with Greenberg Traurig. The deal sees 40-lawyer Studio Santa Maria abandon its seven-year relationship with Kramer Levin and instead form an exclusive relationship with Greenberg Traurig, the Miami-based giant which boasts 22 offices […]

CC America’s chief steps down early

John Carroll, the managing partner of Clifford Chance’s Americas region has announced he is stepping down from the role, nearly nine months before his term was due to expire. The move comes just two months after managing partner Peter Cornell jetted to New York to troubleshoot the firm’s US operation. Carroll, who cited a desire […]

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