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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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Danoptra snares legal head from Halliwells

UK gaming and amusement machine operator Danoptra Holdings has landed Halliwells’ head of gambling law Nick Hawkins to take the newly created role of director of legal services. Danoptra, the parent company of Gamestec Leisure and Bell-Fruit Group, created the role to ensure that the group meets all statutory requirements and is compliant with gambling […]

In a state over real estate

Open-plan offices have never been flavour of the month, what with the heightened noise levels and decreased privacy they bring. Open-plan offices have never been flavour of the month, what with the heightened noise levels and decreased privacy they bring. But not so at Maclay Murray & Spens, it seems. Despite some initial grumblings when […]

20 YEARS OF THE LAWYER: 1995

… INTRODUCTION DIVERSITY IN-HOUSE LEGAL AID REGULATION CORPORATE RECRUITMENT LITIGATION TECHNOLOGY 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 The Law Society election fiasco Take an alleged sexual harasser, a feminist, a populist and a liberal. Add the first presidential elections in […]

20 YEARS OF THE LAWYER: CORPORATE

… INTRODUCTION DIVERSITY IN-HOUSE LEGAL AID REGULATION CORPORATE RECRUITMENT LITIGATION TECHNOLOGY 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 The rise of private equity and growth of regulation have seen the corporate market change beyond all recognition If you are a corporate […]

Mayer Brown snares FFW construction chief

Mayer Brown has boosted its London construction and engineering group with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse‘s construction head, Chris Fellowes. Fellowes’ move marks a return to the firm where he trained. He spent six years at legacy firm Rowe & Maw before leaving in 2001. Michael Regan, lead partner for Mayer Brown’s construction and […]

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