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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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Lawyer: Chinese govt tried to kill me

China’s most prominent human rights (HR) lawyer is claiming that the Chinese authorities tried to kill him after they had closed his law firm. The matter raises questions about how liberal China’s legal market really is. Gao Zhisheng, who has a similar reputation in China to UK lawyers such as Shami Chakrabarti or Clive Stafford […]

UK’s associate bonus rates put US firms at loggerheads

Cleary’s bonus boast sounds hollow as it plays catch-up to Shearman, which comes top with 25 per cent hikes “All New York firms pay essentially the same – it’s just a matter of who goes first,” says Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s managing partner in London Glen Scarcliffe on the subject of associate bonuses. That […]

Richards Butler, Kennedys lock horns on TAG

Richards Butler and Kennedys have begun preliminary scuffles in the negligence case arising from the collapse of claims management company The Accident Group (TAG). Richard Spafford of Richards Butler is representing insurer Winterthur as it attempts to recoup £70m in damages from 700 law firms that worked with TAG before its collapse in 2003. The […]

Administrators shop for work in retail after tough

Several retail insolvencies hit the headlines over the Christmas and New Year period, with many finding trading conditions just too tough and bringing in the administrators. On the high street, clothing retailer Kookai was the latest casualty, with holding company Adjustbetter bringing in administrator Deloitte, which is being advised by Ashurst head of insolvency Nick […]

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