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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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US firm poaches Chadbournes' project head

Los Angeles-based 650-lawyer O’Melveny & Myers has recruited Rigdon Boykin, the former head of project finance at US rival Chadbourne & Parke. Boykin is credited for building Chadbournes’ respected international project finance practice, but he is believed to have fallen out of favour with the firm’s management over the direction of its Hong Kong and […]

In brief: Ex-Vallance Lickfold partners fined £5,000

Three partners at London firm Vallance Lickfold have been found guilty of using client money and failing to pay counsel fees by a Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal in London. Andrew Cameron, now a solicitor at London’s Swepstone Walsh, and Alan Herd and Neil MacDonald were fined u5,000 and ordered to pay costs of u9,609.

Livelihoods on the line as CPS wields axe

Last week The Lawyer exclusively revealed the sets which had been axed from the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS’s) preferred list. The debate that raged when the system was introduced three years ago has been re-ignited by the CPS’s equally controversial decision to drastically cull the number of preferred sets, from 38 to 27. Barristers, some […]

Euro bank cuts its legal panel from 100 to eight

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has slashed the number of firms it instructs for its specialised country legal advice from over 100 to just eight. Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Coudert Brothers are among the 52 firms from the UK and abroad that are understood to have had their bid to […]

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