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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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Dewey helps Arcelor enter Russian market

Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company, on the purchase of three Russian coalmines. The $720m (£361.73m) deal represents the steel giant’s first significant move into the fast-growing Russian market. Dewey & LoBoeuf partner Jon Hines, the relationship partner on the project, said: “The deadlines were challenging but we were able […]

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is all the rage among our nation’s law firms. Frankly, if you’re not carbon-neutral and diverse and doing several hundred thousand hours of pro bono a year, then you’re not at the races. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is all the rage among our nation’s law firms. Frankly, if you’re not carbon-neutral […]

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Judicial appointments must be distanced from the executive

The Law Society supports the development of an appointments system, which enhances the integrity and independence of the judiciary and continues to inspire public confidence. However, the current system is in need of reform. The Law Society supports the development of an appointments system, which enhances the integrity and independence of the judiciary and continues […]

Private Client and Family

The economic slowdown is making it more important than ever for individuals in any wage bracket to take care of the pennies. Family law is particularly emotive when disputes over cash arise. Shockingly, 66 per cent of people fail to make a will, which can cause a myriad of problems for distressed family members. This […]

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