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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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Ashurst advises banks on record-breaking PPP

Ashurst has won a mandate to advise the lead managers on the financing for the UK’s largest-ever PPP project. Partners Jan Sanders and Nick Avery, supported by associate David Cave, are acting for Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley as lead mangers of a £1.03bn inflation-linked bond. The 40-year bonds will go on sale in the […]

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South East firm asb law has hired Rosemary Madders as an associate from Thomas Eggar, Samantha Thomas as a solicitor from Philippsohn Crawfords Berwald and Anita McGowan as senior HR officer from Allen & Overy. US firm Dechert has hired Thomas Friedmann as a partner in Washington DC. Friedmann joins from Shearman & Sterling. US […]

Firm profile: Harper Mcleod

Glasgow-based firm Harper McLeod aims to break the £10m turnover mark at the end of its financial year this month (April), which managing partner Lorne Crerar sees as “an important milestone”. In addition to hitting the £10m turnover target, the firm’s other key plan for 2006 is to strengthen its corporate finance arm, HM Corporate […]

Richards Butler wins Appeal Court case for insurers against North Star

Richards Butler has won in the Court of Appeal, upholding the case of insurers against a shipowner suspected of scuppering its own vessel. Richards Butler insurance head Mark Connoley represented insurers led by Sphere Drake Insurance in their landmark case against North Star Shipping. The insurers were resisting a claim made by North Star under […]

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