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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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Heller Ehrman grows in Asia with Hong Kong boost

Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe’s Hong Kong office has scooped a team of lawyers from Siao Wen and Leung in order to bolster its local law capability. The San Francisco-based firm has taken the bulk of Siao Wen’s corporate securities, commercial and China practice. The 19-strong group comprises four partners –founding partner Carson Wen, Michael […]

Nicholson Graham faces £9m claim from Al Fayed

Nicholson Graham & Jones is facing a massive legal claim of almost £9m, over advice provided to Mohamed Al Fayed on his purchase of Fulham Football club. The claim, which is being brought by Fulham Leisure Holding – the club’s British Virgin Islands parent company – was filed in the court at the beginning of […]

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Have you ever sat down and asked yourself: “What am I worth?” It is a question concerning (some may say plaguing) many senior lawyers at the moment as they seek to move from one firm to another These days, with market conditions difficult, the issue of portable client billings – known as ‘following’ – has […]

Maclay hires for London corporate practice

Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has bolstered its London-based corporate practice with the appointment of Jonathan Brooks, head of Boodle Hatfield’s corporate department. Brooks specialises in a wide range of work for private companies and joint ventures with particular focus in the healthcare, financial services, computer software and e-commerce sectors. First reported on www.thelawyer. […]

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