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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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Linklaters beefs up HK with A&O derivatives hire

Linklaters has poached Allen & Overy (A&O) derivatives partner Chin-Chong Liew for its Hong Kong office. Liew will join Linklaters as its Asia head of derivatives and structured products from A&O, where he has held the position of partner since 2000.The appointment brings considerable experience in over-the-counter derivatives, structured equity and credit, market access and […]

CC chiefs win backing for lockstep revolution

The Clifford Chance partnership has voted for the changes to its compensation structure which will see a fragmentation of its worldwide lockstep for the first time. From the next financial year, the magic circle firm will be able to operate three distinct systems of remuneration, subject to ratification by the management committee. The results were […]

Herbies’ ‘baseball’ deal saves Winterthur $830m

Herbert Smith’s insurance litigation team has saved insurance company Winterthur $830m (£468.9m) through a ‘baseball arbitration’ with XL Insurance. Partners David Reston and Chris Foster, instructing 7 King’s Bench Walk co-head Julian Flaux QC, negotiated the settlement on behalf of Winterthur following the sale of its international insurance operations to XL in 2001. The companies agreed […]

Collyer-Bristow loses chief to barristers’ set

The chief executive of Collyer-Bristow is making a rare lateral move from being head of a law firm to head of a barristers’ chambers. Jonathan Fox is leaving Collyer-Bristow after five years as chief executive of the Lincoln’s Inn firm. He takes up his new role at Birmingham set St Philips Chambers on 9 January. […]

Government role for Gaymer sparks Simmons senior partner race

Simmons & Simmons senior partner Janet Gaymer has announced she will step down next year to take up a new role as Commissioner for Public Appointments in England and Wales. Gaymer will leave Simmons after completing her first term as senior partner. She has been at the firm for 35 years. The nomination period for […]

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