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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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Pamboridis closes its Limassol office

As a result of the unprecedented decision of the Euro group on 15 March 2013, the recapitalisation of the two largest Cyprus banks and the subsequent recession, Pamboridis has decided to suspend the operations of its Limassol office. Since 1 May 2013, all Limassol personnel have been working out of the law firm’s Nicosia head […]

The new Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development Business Centre

In its efforts to strengthen partnerships and maintain a fruitful co-operation with all relevant government bodies, as well as to streamline licensing procedures and to provide a package of facilities and technical and legal services in trade, investment and business, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has recently launched its Abu Dhabi Business […]

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Judgment Call: 20 May 2013

Banking & finance Harbinger Capital Partners v Caldwell[2013] EWCA Civ 492. Mummery LJ; Lewison LJ; Neatson LJ. 9 May 2013 In assessing the value of Northern Rock shares prior to its nationalisation, and therefore the amount of compensation due to shareholders, an independent valuer appointed under the Northern Rock plc Compensation Scheme Order 2008 had […]

Pounds for pupillages

It didn’t take long for internship to become a dirty word. As businesses get slapped wrists for exploiting the young and unemployed, wage-free jobs continue to be seen as the territory of the rich and well-connected. No, it’s absolutely not jobs for the boys. Really. The law is all about merit, not who you know. […]

Irwin Mitchell loses Saudi prince state immunity appeal

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out an appeal by two Saudi princes who wanted a case against them be heard behind closed doors. Prince Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son, HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Al Saud switched legal teams for the appeal, bringing in Irwin Mitchell partner Jeremy Marshall […]

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