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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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Firm banks on ’sector-led’ approach as it dumps Euro alliance and sets out on the acquisition trail Last week Osborne Clarke embarked on an ambitious journey to transform itself from a domestic firm into a European outfit after revealing plans to dismantle its longstanding European alliance and merge in Italy and Spain. The decision to […]

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Cautious optimism was the predominant theme at a more subdued Mipim this year, with lawyers intent on wooing the few cash-rich players Simon Cookson, London real estate head, DLA Piper Although this Mipim saw fewer attendees than previous years, that did nothing to dampen people’s appetite to explore opportunities. There was a businesslike approach and […]

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Slaughter and May looks East in two-strong promotions round

Slaughter and May has announced a drop in its partner promotions for this year, with two associates joining the ranks. Only one London associate has been made up compared with five last year, with an additional lawyer earning promotion in Hong Kong this year. None of the new promotions are in corporate, the firm’s traditional […]

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Legal Services Board concedes ‘no big bang’ in five years since LSA

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has admitted that the 2007 Legal Services Act (LSA) has not resulted in sweeping changes to the profession, stating in a five-year progress report that it is “early days” to judge its impact. The LSB’s interim market trends publication was presented yesterday by chief executive Chris Kenny, who acknowledged that […]

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