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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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Slaughters’ Tim Clark speaks out

Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark has gone on the record about the firm’s plans to compete in the international market by extending its group of best friend law firms into Asia. Clark makes the disclosure in the May edition of The Lawyer Podcast. The comments follow The Lawyer’s exclusive revelation (2 April) that […]

Ashurst predicts 28.5 per cent turnover rise

Ashurst is forecasting a storming year-end with preliminary results indicating an astounding 28.5 per cent rise in turnover at its financial year-end. Turnover now stands at £275m, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. This is a massive improvement on last year’s figure, when revenues rose by only 6 per cent on the preceding year. Managing partner […]

SJ Berwin makes up a record 16 partners

SJ Berwin has followed its City rivals by announcing the promotion of 16 associates to its partnership – its largest number to date. The appointments number three more than last year, when 13 lawyers were made up, and continue the firm’s increasing focus on organic growth. In 2004-05 seven were promoted, while 11 were made […]

Cadwalader creates flood risk bond to protect City

US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has been instructed to advise on the world’s first bond designed to protect London’s business districts from large-scale flooding. The flood bond, which was launched on the capital markets earlier this month, was structured by Swiss Re, which was advised by panel firm Cadwalader, for an arm of German […]

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