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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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Lovells tinkers with lockstep again

Lovells is reviewing its lockstep once again with the intention of allowing partners in economically weaker jurisdictions to enter the equity. Currently the firm’s equity ladder starts at 30 points, increasing by three points a year over a 10-year period. However, with partners having to meet certain requirements in order to enter the lockstep it […]

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The push to make Ireland attractive to the global business market has turned it into more than just an administrative back office, says Fintan Clancy The ‘Ireland Inc’ concept was developed in the late 1980s to indicate the social partners in Ireland coming together to develop strategies to advance the country economically. There were many […]

Gibraltar: non-doms

Any change to the status quo regarding the taxation of non-domiciled UK residents will provide countries such as Gibraltar with an opportunity to cash in, says Joey Garcia Much has been commented on the UK’s opposition Conservative Party seeking and promising to impose a flat tax rate of £25,000 on the so-called ‘non-doms’ – people […]

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Dubai: stock exchange

Dubai’s new stock exchange is the first step towards putting the country on the international investment map. Pervez Akhtar and Kamar Jaffer report In line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision encapsulated in the 2015 Dubai Strategic Plan to develop Dubai as an international investment hub between Tokyo, Hong Kong and […]

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