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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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CC incumbents enjoy easy re-election rides

Clifford Chance completed the reshuffle of its senior management team last week as its election process drew to a close. Last month Clifford Chance confirmed the re-election of senior partner Stuart Popham for his second four-year term, which will see him at the helm until 2010. The nomination period for the senior partner election yielded […]

Sofa, so good

It grates Tulkinghorn to admit it, but there’s little doubt that New Zealand has the best rugby team going around at the moment – cruelly brought home through an emphatic embarrassment of England at Twickers recently. But while the England team’s big wigs are left scratching their heads, Tulkinghorn has a cunning plan – it […]

A&O ally lures back former partner

Allen & Overy Turin breakaway firm Pavesio & Associati has made its first lateral hire, luring corporate finance partner Andrea Cristaudi from Simmons & Simmons. Cristaudi began his career in A&O’s Turin office and was mentored by managing partner Carlo Pavesio. He made partner at the Milan office and then left for Simmons & Simmons […]

DLA hires top GC to boost Italy

DLA Piper has continued its Italian hiring spree, hiring the Italian general counsel of international real estate development company Foruminvest. Matteo Troni, who had previously worked at Studio Legale Chiomenti and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before moving in-house, will join DLA’s Milan office. The hire follows that of two finance partners and eight fee-earners in October, […]

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