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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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A&O, CC land Man Utd debt refinancing instructions

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have been called up for a second time to advise Manchester United and JPMorgan on a £660m debt refinancing that increased the amount of money borrowed against the club’s assets, but reduced its exposure to payment-in-kind notes (Piks). Under the terms of the deal, Man Utd’s overall debt […]

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Mirza Ahmed: Birmingham City Council

Mirza Ahmed leads the charge at the UK’s largest local authority, Birmingham City Council. By Jon Parker Heading the legal team at the largest local authority in the UK takes a lot of confidence. Fortunately, Birmingham City Council’s Mirza Ahmed has plenty. “We’ve succeeded, so the idea of challenges is relative,” he says. Field marshal […]

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Evidence that some of the lawyers at the increasingly profitable Taylor Wessing have skills that go beyond the merely legal was provided to one of Tulkinghorn’s hacks last Friday (21 July). As regular readers will know, senior partner Martin Winter is a seriously expert waterskier. Indeed, his whole family appear to have taken up residence […]

Willkie Farr partner suspended for fraudulent billing

A former US tax partner at New York firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been suspended from practice for one year after being caught billing clients $30,000 worth of personal phone calls. Patrick Carmody, who joined Willkie Farr in 1990 and became a partner in 1998, resigned from the firm in April 2003 after his […]

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