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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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Allens Arthur Robinson has hired Clifford Chance asset finance partner Rod Howell as the Australian firm ramps up its Singapore offering. Howell, who began his career at Allens, will be joined in Singapore by three more partners who have relocated from the firm’s other Australasian offices. Cambodia practice head and energy and resources partner Marae […]

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Pensions, it has to be said, could bore even the most committed of geeks. Pensions legislation, on the other hand, can send the lawyers working in that space quite giddy with excitement, given that the law can be interpreted in so many different ways. Thanks to Mr Justice Warren, who this week delivered a judgment […]

Osborne Clarke’s PEP rises on flat turnover figure

Osborne Clarke has posted a 12 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2009-10, with partners taking home an average of £393,000. Turnover at the Bristol firm remained virtually flat at £83.7m, down slightly from last year’s figure of £84m, while UK profits increased by 5 per cent. The results represent […]

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Bakers makes up seven City partners

Baker & McKenzie has promoted seven lawyers to its London partnership. The figure is an increase on last year, when just two partners were promoted, and is also up on 2008, when six lawyers were made up (2 July 2008). The promotions have been made in corporate, disputes, pensions, IP, and European competition and trade, […]

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