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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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Intellectual property team from SJ Pluke integrates into Eversheds South Africa

Eversheds has hired Sara-Jane Pluke as a partner and head of intellectual property (IP) in South Africa. She is joined by Lilia Bordelieva-Baptista and Natalia Androliakos, who join the IP department as associates. The team has joined Eversheds following the integration of SJ Pluke Attorneys into Eversheds South Africa. Pluke is a specialist in the […]

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Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith advise on P2PGI IPO

Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith took key roles on the launch and flotation of peer-to-peer (P2P) loans business P2P Global Investments (P2PGI) on the London Stock Exchange’s main market. The IPO has made P2PGI the first ever UK-listed company dedicated to investing in loans originated by global P2P and online lending platforms. P2P lending platforms […]

Look out – the accountants are coming

Just when you thought you’d caught up with all the changes afoot in the legal sector, the Big Four accountants go and chuck a curveball. The re-emergence of Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC as players in UK legal services may not be a huge surprise in this ABS-obsessed world. But that they’re going at […]

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Dentons escalates PEP row: ‘no two firms are the same, so cannot be compared’

Dentons has ramped up its war of words with the media and industry analysts over financial transparency. The firm has responded to critical questioning in the American Lawyer over its decision to stop reporting average profit per equity partner (PEP). The magazine’s article, “In Defense of PPP”, referred to Dentons’ move, which the firm defended as […]

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