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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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Thrings names Simon Holdsworth as new managing partner

Bath-headquartered Thrings has named company commercial head Simon Holdsworth as its new managing partner succeeding Thomas Sheppard. It comes as Thrings prepares to ringfence its personal injury (PI) practice into a separate business (28 September 2012). Sheppard will lead the development of the PI practice as he steps into the executive chairman role, with responsibility […]

BDR Waste PFI project shortlisted for Partnership award

The Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste PFI has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Waste/Energy/Water Project’ at the national Partnership Awards, in recognition of best practice in bringing one of the UK’s largest waste projects to successful completion. Walker Morris assembled a team of projects and specialist energy lawyers to advise the Barnsley, Doncaster and […]

Polish implementation of 2010 Amending Directive

Legislation implementing the Directive No 2010/73/EU amending the Prospectus Directive No 2003/71/EC (the Amending Directive) is expected to enter into force in Poland shortly. The draft of the new law aims to change the Act on Public Offerings, the Conditions Governing the Introduction of Financial Instruments to Organised Trading, and Public Companies dated 29 July […]

A route to enforcement in Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates?

On 23 January 2013, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and the English Commercial Court produced a Memorandum of Guidance (the Memorandum) on the reciprocal enforcement of judgments between the English Commercial Court and the DIFC Courts. The Memorandum is not a law or a treaty and has no legal binding effect. However, the […]

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