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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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Freshfields overcomes conflict on Siemens deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Siemens Business Services on its £2bn sale and outsourcing deal with BBC Technology despite conflict of interest concerns raised by senior partner Anthony Salz’s position as vice-chairman of the broadcaster. Siemens appointed Freshfields in May and Salz was appointed in August. The deal concluded last week. “It was agreed with the […]

CC loses three more CMT lawyers

Another three associates are set to leave Clifford Chance’s depleted communications, media and technology (CMT) group. Lawrence Jacobs’ fledgling outsourcing practice at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is taking two associates and another is leaving to join former Clifford Chance partners Christopher Millard and Tim Schwarz at Linklaters. “From a personal perspective, with the opportunity […]

DLA senior partner in shock retirement

DLA’s senior partner is retiring after more than 30 years at the firm. Roger Lane-Smith announced his retirement last Thursday (7 October) which will take effect from 30 April next year. There is no indication at this point whether he will replaced. It is understood that Lane-Smith has been in discussions about retiring for some […]

Peterborough Council legal head makes Lambeth promise

Peterborough City Council legal chief Mark Hynes has taken on the challenge of transforming Lambeth Council as its new director of legal and democratic services. Hynes is currently City solicitor and monitoring officer at the council and is expected to move to London to take up his new post early in 2005. “I’m joining the […]

White & Case London reveals new management structure

White & Case’s London office has unveiled the results of its management overhaul, creating the post of chief operating partner for the first time. As exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (20 September) Neil Upton, who joined the US firm’s London office two years ago, will take on the newly created role. His remit will cover […]

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