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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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Cobbetts, Halliwells go in search of further cuts

North West firms Cobbetts and Halliwells have launched further redundancy consultations as they seek to cut costs in the face of a looming recession. Cobbetts is reviewing 28 support staff jobs, taking the potential number of redundancies at the North West firm since the start of the economic downturn to 69. Some 20 secretaries are […]

The US and Obama: what next?

Lawyers are welcoming a tide of new regulation when America’s president elect takes office, but what form will that regulation take? America was in party mood yesterday following the historic US presidential election victory of Senator Barack Obama. Late on Tuesday, much of the country was at an election night party which, in many cases, […]

Nabarro’s revenues flat for first half

Nabarro‘s revenues flat for first half” />Nabarro has posted flat growth for the first six months of 2008-09, bringing in £64m in revenues. The practices that saw the most activity over the first half were restructuring and insolvency, financial services and commercial litigation while the greatest slowdown has been in transactional work in the core […]

Failure to secure merger sees Thelen say goodbye

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner is set to dissolve, becoming the second US firm to do so in the last month. As TheLawyer.com reported last week (28 October), Thelen’s partnership counsel voted in favour of dissolution less than a month after West Coast firm Heller Ehrman took the same action. It is anticipated that […]

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