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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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Kirkland sets one-year HK deadline

Kirkland & Ellis is hoping to launch an office in Hong Kong within a year, although the ambitious plan is still subject to regulatory approval. London-based private equity partner David Eich is expected to relocate to Hong Kong to head the new office, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (24 May). He told The Lawyer […]

Milberg outraged at kickback allegations

New York class action powerhouse Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman last week found itself indicted by the US attorney in Los Angeles for allegedly paying referral fees to win clients. But the firm hit back by launching the www.milberg weissjustice.com website, to defend itself against the charges, which it described as “absurd”. Name partners David […]

Pay racket

City organisations need to watch out. As the Equal Pay Act builds up steam high-earners may start looking at what their peers are taking home, with a tribunal hearing the likely outcome. By John Cavanagh QC In recent years there has been a number of sex discrimination and race discrimination cases involving well-paid City workers. […]

DWS’s hush-hush push

Evidence backing up the rumours of Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) back-door policy is beginning to emerge. The firm appears to be striking up confidentiality agreements with law firms poaching its partners in exchange for shortened notice periods. (Perhaps others could try this with Norton Rose?) US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae recently hired DWStax […]

2 Harcourt lures four from 3 Raymond

Public law set 2 Harcourt Buildings has raided 3 Raymond Buildings for a four-barrister team, strengthening its licensing and regulatory expertise. Kevin de Haan QC, together with senior juniors Gerald Gouriet, Mark Harris and James Rankin, join 2 Harcourt along with public law and licensing specialist Harry Spurr from Bristol set St John’s Chambers. The […]

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