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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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Mayer Brown targets competition with Dentons hire

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is ramping up its London-based EU and competition practice after poaching partner Gillian Sproul from Denton Wilde Sapte. The hire doubles Mayer Brown’s competition group in London, led by former Watson Farley & Williams partner, Frances Murphy. “We are aggressively expanding our group to meet the level of client activity […]

Conflicts prompt Carey duo to create boutique

Two former partners of Guernsey firm Carey Olsen have taken the unusual step of launching their own specialist litigation and employment boutique in a bid to avoid the conflicts that plagued them while at the offshore giant. Litigation specialist Alison Ozanne and employment expert Louise Hall left Carey Olsen late last year and have now launched AO […]

Simmons gives green light to international executive plan

The Simmons & Simmons partnership has given new managing partner Mark Dawkins carte blanche to shake up its management. The partnership approved Dawkins’ plans, which were first revealed by The Lawyer (24 January), to set up an international executive to replace Simmons’ current London-based executive committee. The proposal, which was put forward at the firm’s […]

UK Reits get one step closer after Govt paper

Real estate lawyers have welcomed last week’s dual developments on upward-only rent reviews and Real Estate Investment Trusts (Reits). The issue last Wednesday (16 March) of the Government’s discussion paper on Reits brought the UK a step closer to their introduction following a protracted hiatus. The Government emphasised that the creation of Reits will not result in […]

Willkie team feels blow of Heymann departure

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is reeling after the loss of its Frankfurt managing partner, who has quit the US firm to launch his own practice. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (17 March), outsourcing and private equity star Thomas Heymann is taking European counsel Jens Ekkenga and Lars Lendorf, and a number of associates. There is […]

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