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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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Cayman Islands: fund-specific guidance on corporate governance

In January 2013, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) held a private sector consultation process regarding corporate governance for regulated entities in the Cayman Islands. In July 2013, it produced, specifically for mutual funds, a consultation paper and a draft Statement of Guidance on Corporate Governance for Mutual Funds (SoG‐MF), intended to apply to all […]

DLA Piper advises Knightsbridge Student Housing on £31m acquisitions

DLA Piper has acted for Knightsbridge Student Housing (Knightsbridge) on its acquisition of additional student accommodation comprising of 224 beds in Lincoln to supplement the existing site of 1,329 beds in the city.  This acquisition by Knightsbridge, part of the Oaktree Capital Management Group, follows on from its recent purchase of the former Bristol Magistrates’ […]

Holiday pay and overtime — implications of Freightliner decision for pension schemes

In Neal v Freightliner Ltd, the Employment Tribunal (ET) looked at the payment of overtime during a worker’s statutory holiday leave. Previously only guaranteed contractual overtime has been included in holiday pay calculations. However, the ET decided that non-guaranteed overtime (whether compulsory or voluntary) should also be included. Under the Working Time Directive (WTD), a […]

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