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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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CC and New Zealand’s Chapman Tripp cosy up with Tokyo corporate hire

Clifford Chance has strengthened its strategic alliance with New Zealand M&A firm Chapman Tripp by hiring star partner Paul O’Regan as its new head of corporate in Tokyo. O’Regan, who has been a partner with Chapman Tripp for 25 years, will relocate from Wellington, New Zealand, to take up a newly created post at the […]

Freshfields advises Xstrata on $18.1bn hostile takeover

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise longstanding client Xstrata on its US$18.1bn hostile bid for Falconbridge. Xstrata’s bid, which was announced earlier today (17 May), rivals the previous takeover bid by Falconbridge’s rival Inco. The magic circle firm advised Xstrata, on the Swiss mining group’s original purchase of a 20 per cent […]

A&O scoops O’Melveny partner in NYC

Allen & Overy has further bolstered its New York presence with the hire of banking specialist Elizabeth Leckie from O’Melveny & Myers.Leckie’s hire follows that of structured finance partners Howard Goldwasser and Lawton Camp from the New York office… Allen & Overy (A&O) has further bolstered its New York presence with the hire of banking […]

A&O fudges lockstep to give banking stars extra points

Allen & Overy (A&O) has awarded star finance partners Tim Polglase and Robin Harvey extra points on its 15-year lockstep as it closes ranks following the departure of Stephen Gillespie to Kirkland & Ellis. The move is part of a scheme originally proposed by senior partner Guy Beringer in December, whereby the firm would reassess the lockstep […]

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