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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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Gatwick disposal gives legal advisers wings

At a time when transactions are few and far between, airline deals have been keeping their advisers busy, what with Ryanair looking to buy Aer Lingus then changing its mind, and British Airways’ talks with Qantas reaching a similar conclusion. Now it is the turn of the airports, with a raft of law firms picking […]

Sidley posts 7.4 per cent revenue increase for 2008

Sidley Austin has hiked revenues by 7.4 per cent for the last financial year. Sidley Austin has hiked revenues by 7.4 per cent for the past financial year. Sidley, the latest US firm to announce its 2008 results, posted an increase in revenue in 2008 from $1.38bn up to $1.48bn. Average profit details are not […]

Manchester launches Admin Court

Manchester’s new Administrative Court was officially launched last week as part of a campaign for more judicial representation outside London. Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff will also open courts this year. Speaking at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Davis Blank Furniss senior partner Peter Heginbotham said: “It makes sense for everyone to have fair access to […]

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Freshfields wins London Olympic gold

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official law firm of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official legal services provider to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog). The firm has been appointed alongside a range […]

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