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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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Merciless Orrick in second Heller swoop

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has made a second dramatic raid on Heller Ehrman’s Venture Law Group (VLG), securing a further four technology partners. Partners Don Keller, Tom Tobiason, Mark Windfeld-Hansen and Mitch Zuklie will join Orrick’s Silicon Valley office. The move comes just a month after Orrick took five technology partners from VLG. As first revealed on […]

Addleshaws appoints new corporate head post-Lippell

The managing partner of Addleshaw Goddard’s corporate division Sean Lippell is standing down after five years at the helm Lippell, who is due to stand down on 1 May, will focus full time on his client partner roles for J Sainsbury, Barclays Private Equity, Hagemeyer and Grampian Country Food Group, with responsibility for driving the […]

Finance deals round-up

Macfarlanes (Tom Speechley) advised NIB Capital Bank on the refinancing of Schoeller Wavin Systems Holding and its subsidiaries in connection with the simultaneous acquisition of Arca Systems International. Clifford Chance advised the Schoeller Wavin group. Mannheimer Swartling advised the vendors. Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s Washington DC office (Glenn Gerstell) advised Export-Import Bank of the US and Export Development Canada on a $750m (£391.6m) facility […]

Troutman opens in New York with Jenkens coup

Atlanta’s Troutman Sanders has made a dramatic New York debut after securing the entire 91-lawyer Manhattan office of Texan firm Jenkens & Gilchrist. Atlanta’s Troutman Sanders has made a dramatic New York debut after securing the entire 91-lawyer Manhattan office of Texan firm Jenkens & Gilchrist. Jenkens acquired the office just four years ago in 2001 following its […]

Freshfields underperformers in firing line

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners have voted through sweeping changes to the firm’s constitution that will make it much easier to remove underperforming partners Partners voted in favour of the changes in an email vote on 18 February following a consultation period that began last November. The magic circle firm drew up plans last year to […]

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