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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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The geek clique

Tulkinghorn abhors computer-generated gaming, preferring real life to the matrix. But one of his scribes, a virtual lotus-eater, talked to Penny Laurence, legal counsel at videogame publisher Square Enix. Laurence described the office as being littered with PlayStations loaded with Square Enix games, including the hit Final Fantasy VII. She also admitted that the company […]

Cobbetts gives up partner to Harvey Ingram

Cobbetts has lost another senior partner, with Birmingham commercial head Simon Bates set to join Midlands rival Harvey Ingram’s commerce and technology practice. Bates, who will be based in Birmingham, will divide his time as practice head between the city and Harvey Ingram’s Leicester headquarters. The hire of Bates, who joins with a junior, brings […]

Beachcroft’s profit drive kills off private client team

Beachcroft is set for a revolutionary restructuring in a bid to boost profit. The firm’s private client team is the first to be axed after a review of underperforming practice groups. London’s unremunerative projects team will be moved to Bristol and Birmingham’s professional risks department could go to Manchester or Bristol. The firm has begun […]

Linklaters supports immunisation fund

Linklaters supports immunisation fund” />Linklaters led an international team of law firms and financial advisers on the creation of an innovative new bond expected to help immunise 500-million of the world’s children. London-based securitisation partner Jim Rice led an international team from Linklaters advising the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Fund on the […]

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