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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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Cleary’s London associates miss out on promotions

The London office of US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has been overlooked in the firm’s latest round of promotions. Cleary announced 19 promotions in its global offices, none of which are in London. European offices Brussels, Frankfurt/Cologne, Paris, Rome/Milan and Moscow all received promotions. In 2006 the firm promoted eight to partner, three […]

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The European financial services market has gone through major change this year with the implementa-tion of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid). The directive has been making a slow entry in individual member states, something that will hamper its smooth running for a number of years to come. Domestically, market abuse remains a major […]

Taylor Wessing powered by 55 per cent finance growth

Taylor Wessing posted a 16 per cent growth in its top line to £77.7m for the first half of this year. Managing partner Michael Frawley said that growth was propelled by the firm’s finance practice, which swelled by 55 per cent, followed by its IP practice, which grew 22 per cent. “Traditionally, we have had […]

BLG raids Hardwicke for PI barristers

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired three personal injury lawyers as part of its expansion of its casualty practice. The firm has taken on barristers Camilla Church and Katrina McAteer of Hardwick Building as well as senior costs lawyer David Abrahams from Islington-based law firm Colman Coyle. Abrahams, who also sits as a cost […]

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