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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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Lovells has concluded its protracted lockstep review and has given the firm’s partnership council the power to move under-performing partners down its equity ladder. Under the new system the partnership council has the power to move partners down the equity ladder or to freeze them on certain points with the agreement of the partners concerned. […]

McGuireWoods launches IT group with Chicago boutique acquisition

VIRGINIA-based McGuireWoods has bolstered its information technology capability with the bolt-on of 15-lawyer Chicago IT boutique Gordon & Glickson. Gordon & Glickson managing partner Mark Gordon will head McGuireWoods’ technology and business practice, which will come under the intellectual property group. The bolt-on of Gordon & Glickson will coincide with the launch of a 50-lawyer […]

Mills & Reeve bags senior GMC lawyer

Mills & Reeve has snared senior General Medical Council (GMC) lawyer Peter Steel for its growing healthcare regulatory practice. Steel, a principal legal adviser at the council, is set to join the Norwich-based firm as a senior associate on 6 February. The departure comes as the GMC reviews its legal panel, with plans to cut […]

Freshfields’ radical pensions overhaul nears completion

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is close to finalising plans to radically overhaul its partners’ treasured pension scheme. It is understood that the magic circle firm’s partnership council will be considering the lastest plans, which have been broadly welcomed by the partners, this week. According to well-placed sources, retired partners will receive a maximum of £17,000 per […]

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