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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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Where next for Pearson?

Last week The Lawyer reported the departure of head of legal at Pearson, Paul Vickers. Behind the story of one in-house lawyer leaving a major multinational there lies a broader story of how the Americanisation of the media giant Pearson has led the company to rethink the structure of its legal advice. The line from […]

…and readies for Deringer merger

FRESHFIELDS is preparing to merge with German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund before 1 May next year. Few major obstacles stand in the way as the terms of the merger were signed at the time the alliance was set up last May and they already share offices on the Continent. The move will lead […]

Nuns in the dock after school shuts down

Roger Pearson reports on a group of parents seeking damages from the trustees of a school which closed without warning. High Court action has been launched in London against two French nuns who are blamed by a group of parents for the closure of a u3,000 a term Gloucestershire school. The 18 parents, represented by […]

International ruling lifts curse for Egypt investors

Lawyers are predicting an influx of UK investment into Egypt after the country’s government has been forced by an international body to recognise treaty rules on contracts for the first time. The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), affiliated to the World Bank, pushed a $60m claim by British hotel group Wena […]

Square Mile

It was recently reported the American Bar Association (ABA) had decided to relax the rules allowing multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). However, it also appeared that the executive summary was that other professions that wanted to join would have to abide by ABA rules. It is arguable that in the US the lawyers are in the driving […]

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