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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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Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance acted in the SFr1.6bn (£690m) sale of technical services company SR Technics. A provider of technical services to aircraft, Zurich-based SR Technics was originally a subsidiary of Swissair, but was sold to private equity houses 3i and Star Capital in 2002. In the latest deal 3i and Star Capital […]

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UK law firms are to suffer a blow to the amount of work they receive from in-house lawyers, according to new research by Grant Thornton’s forensic and investigation services practice. According to the research, over half of the FTSE 350 in-house legal teams surveyed plan on boosting their in-house legal teams over the next year. […]

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The chairman of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has threatened his London office with “a bloody nose” when the guaranteed payments it has been paying to City partners end in January 2007. Kirkpatrick chairman Peter Kalis said the new merit-based system was “definitely not” an eat-what-you-kill system, but would be based on a partners’ contributions […]

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