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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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Richards Butler partners to vote on merger in New Year

Partners at Richards Butler are expected to vote in January over whether to proceed with the firm’s proposed merger with Theodore Goddard. Last month the tripartite talks with Denton Hall broke down over the integration of Denton Hall and Richards Butler’s Hong Kong offices. Theodore Goddard continued talks with Richards Butler and now, The Lawyer […]

Birds Eye sues distributor

Birds Eye Wall’s is taking Northampton Ice Cream to the High Court in a claim for u400,000, for alleged breach of a distributor agreement. Birds Eye is claiming u177,904 for goods supplied and u220,199 for ice creams supplied. The dispute arises out of an alleged deal under which Birds Eye says it agreed to deliver […]

Allen & Overy recruits Gide Loyrette partners to boost Paris bank practice

Allen & Overy has recruited two capital markets partners and one taxation partner from Paris firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, after breaking off a seven-year association with the firm last month. The hirings mark the next move of A&O’s drive to create a strong banking practice in France, and follow the end of its association with […]

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Trainee lawyers require protection from bullying bosses

Susannah Haan of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group says the Law Society should come down hard on firms that ill treat their trainees. Susannah Haan is chair of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group and a trainee at Clifford Chance. The number of calls that trainee solicitors are making to the Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) helpline each month […]

Law Soc council says yes to executive committee

The Law Society’s reform plan received the go-ahead from the council this week, dooming 48 committees but giving birth to an executive committee from 1 February next year. However, council members were divided over plans to select, rather than elect, members of the interim executive that will drive the changes through until June next year. […]

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