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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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CDP offers ADR for HR disputes

The City Disputes Panel (CDP) has launched an employment support service offering clients alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options specifically for HR disputes. The CDP, a dispute resolution body for the financial services industry, said it laun-ched the service in response to urgent calls from members. “Feedback confirmed the [Employment Tribunal Sys-tem] Taskforce findings that there […]

Stamford opens in China with team from Colin Ng

Stamford Law Corporation is launching in Beijing and Guangzhou, following a bulk hire of Chinese specialist lawyers from rival Singapore firm Colin Ng & Partners. Tan Chong Huat, who leads the team, will join Stamford as a director (the equivalent of a partner) and is bringing with him around six other lawyers. They will all […]

A&O comes aboard as KLM ditches De Brauw

Dutch national airline KLM has chosen Allen & Overy (A&O) as its new lead adviser following a review that was prompted by its dramatic fallout with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. A&O’s global head of corporate and Dutch senior partner Sietze Hepkema will lead the new relationship. The appointment is a major coup for the Amsterdam […]

Colin Ng reels back corporate team

Colin Ng & Partners has wooed back a team of three corporate lawyers that left the firm a year ago to join local rival Khattar Wong & Partners.The team is led by partner Tan Min-Li, who returns to co-head the firm’s corporate finance practice.Managing partner Colin Ng described the returns as significant, adding: “They will […]

Wilmer Cutler hires ex-government star

Wilmer Cutler & Pick-ering has taken on former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick as a partner in its litigation practice. The US firm has several ex-government stars in its litigation and regulatory practice, but Gorelick is a particularly high-profile appointment. Gorelick joins directly from the US’s biggest mortgage provider Fannie Mae, where she has been […]

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