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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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Councils demand more time to draw up gambling laws

Local authorities are warning of chaos and confusion unless the Government gives them at least three times longer to implement new gambling laws. In a letter to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Local Authorities Coordinating Office on Regulatory Services chair Geoffrey Theobald said that authorities were put in an “unacceptable position” […]

Shearman loses M&A star to Hogan

Shearman & Sterling‘s London office has been hit by the departure of highly rated M&A partner Jonathan Coppin to join the UK arm of Hogan & Hartson. Coppin, who joined Shearman four years ago from Norton Rose following a protracted search for a senior M&A partner, will head Hogan’s developing London M&A and corporate practice. […]

Birmingham chambers collapses

Birmingham set Three Fountain Court has collapsed, leaving nearly 50 barristers without chambers. Rent increases and stalling fee revenue led to a financial crisis for Three Fountain Court. The set specialises in criminal and family matters, deriving much of its fees from Legal Aid. Stephen Linehan, head of chambers at Three Fountain Court, said in […]

Right on at Mishcon

Mishcons recently emerged as proportionately one of the City’s most ecologically sound firms, with news that around 10 per cent of its partners drive electric cars. Now news reaches Tulkinghorn that the firm is also making a bid to be the City’s most ‘right on’ bunch. Recently it swapped its suppliers of bottled water for […]

Shearman to migrate Hong Kong staff to new Shanghai office

Shearman & Sterling is gearing up to launch in Shanghai within the year, with plans to transfer a large section of its Hong Kong team across to the new office. Beijing managing partner Lee Edwards said the firm expected to have the Shanghai office, its second in mainland China, operational by the fourth quarter of 2006 or the […]

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