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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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CC dedicates £10m of hours to pro bono

Clifford Chance is looking to recruit a full-time pro bono lawyer after dedicating £10m worth of billable hours to pro bono work in the 2006-07 financial year. Currently pro bono projects are chosen and allocated by the firm’s head of public policy Michael Smyth. However, due to a marked increase in the amount of work […]

LG launches Dubai office

LG has become the latest London firm to launch an office in Dubai. Office head, LG construction partner, James Foster, said the emphasis will be on corporate, finance and projects and construction. Foster commented: “The launch is very much client driven and we feel we can service clients even better by having a presence in […]

Financial Services: Trading flaw

It’s time for the FSA to toughen its stance on insider dealing, say Richard Lissack and Farhaz Khan The perception held by some in the 1970s that insider dealing was nothing more than ‘being something in the City’ appears astonishing in today’s terms. Indeed, even in the 1970s when insider dealing was not yet a […]

Graf overhauls management

Graf von Westphalen, the German independent firm associated with Wragge & Co, has voted to overhaul its management board and to streamline its leadership. It has strengthened the roles of its two managing partners, Barbara Mayer and Lothar Harings, and chosen to reduce the size of its board of partners to five partners from nine. […]

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