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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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Last year we launched our inaugural City associate attitudes survey. The findings surprised anyone who assumed that junior and mid-level lawyers were obsessed with money; the firms they consistently ranked top were not the stony Wall Street practices but genial internationalists like Baker & McKenzie. A year on, austerity has, perhaps, made respondents more outspoken. […]

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In a world where domestic markets are struggling, looking elsewhere for opportunity makes sense. Iberian firms have long been building relationships with their counterparts in Latin America, which has significant cultural and linguistic similarities. In 2004 Garrigues began a network with firms across the continent, and called it Affinitas This week the firm decided to […]

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Quinn Emanuel launches in Sydney with HSF partners

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired two Herbert Smith Freehills partners to launch its first move into the Australian market. Commercial litigators Michael Mills and Michelle Fox will be co-managing partners of the Sydney base and join alongside long-term Quinn Emmanuel partner James Webster, who is relocating from Los Angeles. HSF Australia managing partner […]

Clifford Chance and Freshfields guide Cinven’s Partnership IPO

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Travers Smith and offshore firm Ogier are advising on the potential £1.4bn IPO of Partnership Assurance, the annuity provider bought by private equity house Cinven for €200m in 2008. Cinven, advised by Freshfields, is reportedly hoping to raise more than £1bn from the planned listing, which was announced on Monday […]

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