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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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Trowers & Hamlins has acted for Hyde Housing Association and its subsidiary, Hyde Southbank Homes, which was set up to take the transfer of 2,300 homes in Stockwell from Lambeth Council. Hyde Southbank Homes raised up to £38m in a stock transfer to finance the project. Trowers & Hamlins also advised Hyde and Hyde Southbank […]

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Share options granted to executives can normally only be exercised while the executive remains in employment. They are granted pursuant to the rules of a share option scheme.These rules customarily provide that the options will lapse on termination unless an employee leaves their job for one of a limited number of reasons.The rules normally also […]

Boesebecks partners quit over Lovells merger talks

German law firm Boesebeck Droste is losing partners as it continues todiscuss a merger with Lovell White Durrant, as revealed in The Lawyer (5July).Dr Manuel Lorenz, a partner in Boesebeck Droste’s banking and financegroup, has quit the partnership and is understood to be heading for Baker &McKenzie.He follows hot on the heals of Dr Claudia […]

In brief: Clintons

Clintons, the entertainment law firm, has taken on one of the founding partners of US law firm Costello & Joelson. Stephen Joelson, a specialist in international commercial litigation, commercial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, joins as a consultant.

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