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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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At a crucial stage in one of PG Wodehouse’s greatest works, Jeeves attempts to comfort Bertie Wooster, who is about to embark on a perilous cycle ride, with a story about two men called Nicholls and Jackson, whose tandem collided with a brewer’s van. The collision was so violent that their corpses could not be […]

Hammonds completes Rosyth dock privatisation

Hammond Suddards spent three years negotiating the £27m privatisation of the Rosyth Royal Dockyard with the Ministry of Defence, which is expected to complete by the end of February. Hammonds used a 12-strong team, mainly based in its Manchester office, and led by corporate partner William Downs, to advise the purchaser, Babcock International, on the […]

When the merger honeymoon is over

When it came, the McKenna/Cameron Markby merger made not so much a bang as a whimper. After months of frenzied speculation about the tri-partite merger which lost one of its participants, Denton Hall, on the way, the two firms are now officially preparing for life together. The indications are that it will not be an […]

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In a separate move, Herbert Smith has strengthened its Paris operation by taking on international litigation and arbitration specialist Charles Kaplan as its sixth partner. Kaplan, formerly with general commercial and corporate practice Coudert Freres for 12 years, is a member of the Paris Bar. But although he is a shipping expert, his move is […]

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