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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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White & Case in Italian merger

The move gives the firm a presence in both Rome and Milan, with the new joint practice to be called Studio Legale White & Case Varrenti e Associati. Founding partner Alessandro Varrenti becomes an equity partner at White & Case, while his four other partners become local partners of the firm. Varrenti e Associati has […]

Lister sets up planning group at 11 New Sq

The new practice director at 11 New Square John Lister has established a specialist planning and public law group in response to the Administrative Court and the Human Rights Act. The former director at Clarendon Chambers was prompted to move to 11 New Square last September after the merger of 11 Bolt Court and 7 […]

Pinsents wins property contract for NHS Estates

NHS Estates, an executive agency of the Department of Health, has formalised its legal requirements for the first time by appointing Pinsent Curtis as commercial adviser. NHS Estates previously allocated legal work on a job-by-job basis and has not used Pinsents before. The firm’s instruction as commercial adviser to NHS Estates is wide-ranging, covering contracts […]

REAL ESTATE AND PROJECTS

Eurosea Group and Park Plaza Hotels buy long lease of former office building to be converted into the Nottingham Park Plaza Hotel. Eurosea and Park Plaza Hotels advised by Tarlo Lyons (Philip Diamond, Jeremy Taylor assisted by Paul Murray). The vendor advised by Jerrard Saunders Donn (Warner Jerrard).

the wellcome trust

The acquisition of these two prime City of London properties makes a strategic addition to the Wellcome Trust’s existing property portflio, extending its exposure in the City and bringing it up to a value of around £900m. Eagle Star’s former headquarters on Threadneedle Street was bought for around £28m and is let to Sidley & […]

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