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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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Marconi courts national firms

Telecoms and engineering giant Marconi is extending its panel to include cheaper non-City firms for the first time. The company spends around £10m a year in the UK on legal fees – a large chunk of which will now be spent outside the City. Head of legal Jeff Gordon tells The Lawyer he is talking […]

Bank of Ireland

Last year, the Bank of Ireland anticipated adding yet another division to its multi-faceted operation by bidding for NatWest’s subsidiary Ulster Bank. In November, the financial institution aligned itself with Irish Life & Permanent in an attempt to acquire the Northern Irish bank, which would have added to its presence in the US, Germany, Hong […]

CCR&W boosts DC litigation

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells is taking on a litigation counsel from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to boost its Washington DC office. Fred Reinke is joining the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice and specialises in complex commercial and international litigation. Reinke says he has decided to move to the newly-merged firm because of […]

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The RollingStones’ former record label, Abkco Music, lost a round in its battle over who owns the rights to two songs first recorded by blues legend Robert Johnson. The court found that the fact that the band believed that any common-law copyright on Love in Vain and Stop Breakin’ Down had expired, were not reasons […]

Pope to quit 3 Verulam for Denton Wilde

Top commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings is to lose David Pope to Denton Wilde Sapte’s advocacy unit in mid-September after six years’ service. Pope, who specialises in banking, general commercial disputes and commercial unit, will join as a barrister. Joint senior practice manager Nick Hill says: “David Pope started to do more and more work […]

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