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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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Faegre falls foul of Speechly tech raid

Speechly Bircham has bolstered its new technology and commerce group with the hire of Faegre & Benson’s London head of IP. Robert Bond joins Speechly to head up the technology and commerce group from the London office of the US firm. He had been part of Faegre’s IP group for 11 years. Bond specialises in […]

Cash barriers

With the number of equal pay cases growing rapidly, case law is amassing and companies must keep up with developments. Paul Epstein reports The number of claims for equal pay is rising exponentially. In 2005-06 there were 115,039 claims registered with the Employment Tribunals Service. This compares with 86,181 in 2004-05. The numbers of multiple […]

Hiring external leadership is a savvy move for firms

The news of the appointment of Crawford Gillies, former European managing director of Bain & Company, as non-executive chairman of Hammonds has brought into sharp focus the growing practice of bringing ‘people from outside’ onto law firm boards and sparked a debate on the nature of law firm chairmanship. The debate even encompasses the job […]

The work-life quiz: Michael Francies

What was your first-ever job?Cutting wood and bagging nails and screws at a hardware store on Saturday morning, closely followed two weeks later (I was sacked for wasting too much wood due to bad sawing) by becoming an entertainer at children’s parties. What was your worst experience as a trainee?On my first morning at Clifford-Turner […]

Shook Hardy & Bacon

Litigation powerhouse Shook Hardy & Bacon has a very simple strategy. Litigation powerhouse Shook Hardy & Bacon has a very simple strategy. “We plan to stick to our knitting,” says the firm’s chairman John Murphy. “Around 90 per cent of our work is complex litigation; that’s what we’re known for and that’s what we intend […]

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