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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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Amazon bags Wanadoo legal head for top UK adviser role

LEADING internet retailer Amazon.co.uk has appointed highly rated general counsel David Melville to the role of UK legal director, filling the void created by the restructure of its European legal operations in early 2005. Melville was formerly head of legal and regulatory affairs at Wanadoo International, which he joined from subsidiary Freeserve. He was head […]

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Freshfields is hunting for an American suitor, and new co-senior partner Guy Morton has bet his reputation on achieving it. By Husnara Begum Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ‘s new co-senior partner Guy Morton is man on a mission. He wants to secure a transatlantic merger for the magic circle firm. “I would like the firm to […]

Morton: it’s US merger or bust for Freshfields

New senior partner kicks off merger hunt; will look outside New York; will tinker with lockstep Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s new co-senior partner Guy Morton has put a transatlantic merger firmly back to the top of the firm’s agenda. In his first interview since taking the helm at the start of the year, Morton told The […]

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College of Law scraps LPC lectures for online tutorials

The College of Law is replacing all LPC lectures with online tutorials, slashing the amount of time students spend face-to-face with lecturers.Lectures in a number of pervasive subjects, including accounts, insolvency, tax and the LPC skills of advocacy, interviewing and writing, have already been replaced with ’i-tutorials’.The college plans to roll out e-learning for all […]

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