Review of the year

From Linklaters’ German lawsuits to the LDA’s panel announcements, this year has held its fair share of ups and downs. The Lawyer looks back at the year’s biggest stories

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Latest Briefings

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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LAC saves £23k for tenant in dispute over service charge

The Legal Advice Centre (LAC) offered by the College of Law’s Store Street branch has dealt with hundreds of pro bono cases since its creation five years ago. In particular, it works with the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal in London to provide free representation for clients. Most of the disputes are relatively minor; however, one recent […]

Field Fisher loses two IT/IP stars in two days

Field Fisher Waterhouse‘s (FFW) respected IT and IP team was reeling last week after two partners resigned on consecutive days. Senior IT/IP litigator Mark Lewis resigned for IBB Solicitors one day and respected patent litigator Jonathan Radcliffe quit for Nabarro Nathanson on the following day. An FFW spokesperson said: “The two resignations are not linked […]

Firm profile: Wortley Byers

Managing partner: Stephen Chandler Turnover: £3.3m Total number of partners: Nine Total number of lawyers: 26 Total number of staff: 66 Main practice areas: Company and commercial, employment, wills and probate, litigation, property and IP Key clients: Cleanaway, Countrywide Assured Group, Everest, NatWest and Selex Systems Number of offices: One Location: Brentwood, Essex Essex law […]

Careers: People

Stephenson Harwood has appointed former DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary commercial litigator Vincent Coppinger as a consultant in the firm’s London aviation practice group. Bird & Bird has taken on the Deputy Information Commissioner Francis Aldhouse as a consultant within the firm’s data protection and privacy team. Aldhouse has worked at the Information Commissioner’s Office […]

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