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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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Third-party funding is gaining credibility and more firms are willing to get in on the provider act, developing the market further Q: Is take-up of third-party litigation funding growing and if so, why and for what kind of case? Robert Hickmott, partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan: Third-party funding has been available for a some time […]

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Drilling company KCA Deutag appoints Burness Paull partner Tony Byrne as general counsel

Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has sourced its latest general counsel from the ranks of Scotland’s Burness Paull, appointing Tony Byrne to the role this week. Byrne was a partner at Burness Paull for almost four years, and has 12 years previous experience working as a solicitor at Dickson Minto. According to a company […]

Shoosmiths and Meridian host networking dinner ahead of Southampton Boat Show

Shoosmiths has teamed up with Meridian Corporate Finance to bring together business leaders in the Solent region for a networking dinner ahead of the Southampton Boat Show being held between 12 and 21 September 2014. The dinner, held at the Hotel Terravina in Woodlands, gave guests from the marine community a chance to meet, discuss […]

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DLA Piper loses India co-head to Squire Patton Boggs

DLA Piper’s co-head for its India group Biswajit Chatterjee is to join Squire Patton Boggs in a similar Singapore-based role alongside London partner Dharmendra Nair. Chatterjee joined Squires’ Singapore office earlier this week. He specialises in corporate finance, capital markets, private equity and M&A transactions in Asia with a particular focus on India, Indonesia, Thailand […]

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