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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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The ICO’s Subject Access Code

The Subject Access Code, issued under section 51 of the Data Protection Act 1998 as part of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO’s) statutory duty to promote good practice, does not have the force of law and enforcement action will not be taken against organisations that do not apply the code. However, compliance with the code should ensure […]

Allen & Overy’s M&A Index reveals mixed signals in third quarter of 2013

According to Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Index, the state of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market has given mixed signals in the third quarter, with a total of 458 deals announced — 22 per cent lower than the same period last year. The index also revealed a 13 per cent increase in the value of transactions […]

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Pinsent Masons extends Northern Line mandate after Bircham hires

Pinsent Masons’ freshly-installed projects team are taking forward the Transport for London (TfL) tube mandate they won while at Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) after their move last month. Pinsents’ infrastructure, planning and government affairs group head Robbie Owen will lead his old BDB team when the public enquiry into the extension to the Northern Line […]

Goodman Derrick set to exhibit at this year’s Independent Hotel Show

Goodman Derrick is set to exhibit at the Independent Hotel Show on 30–31 October 2013 at Olympia West Hall. The event focuses on the independent, luxury and boutique hotel industry. The show is intended to be a one-stop shop for luxury and boutique hoteliers, helping them to increase profitability, identify key trends and maximise new […]

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