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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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Support for legal aid campaign

Well done on at last getting behind protection of the legal aid scheme so effectively in today’s issue (“Legal aid under threat”, The Lawyer 19 April). Lord Phillips of Sudbury, Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Clearys has bottle for battle of drinks giants

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is acting for Coca-Cola in its long running battle to take over Orangina. Although the battle involves a French beverage owned by wine and spirit group Pernod Ricard, the direction is coming from the US. Cleary Gottlieb is a long-time adviser to the drinks giant. Coca-Cola’s continued fight to be […]

Brobecks appoints new London head

US firm Brobeck Hale & Dorr International has appointed a new managing partner at its London office. Thomas Kellerman joins the technology law firm from the Palo Alto, California, office of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, one of its parent firms in the US, where he was also managing partner. Kellerman, a US-qualified lawyer, has worked […]

Partners on the move…

DJ Freeman has brought the total number of new partners appointed in the firm within the past six months to eight. Three new partners, take up their posts on 1 May. They are Jonathan Barnes (commercial property), Tim O’Hara (non-contentious construction) and Marina Palomba (contentious commercial litigation and jurisdictional disputes). George Bull, a specialist in […]

Ireland's Eliot Ness

He has been dubbed Ireland’s Eliot Ness, after the legendary and incorruptible US gangbuster. And the work of Barry Galvin, the 53-year-old solicitor who heads Ireland’s fight against millionaire drug dealers and the bosses of organised crime, is no less dangerous. Because of the constant threats to his life, he has a round-the-clock police guard […]

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