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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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Case of the week: Insolvency

In the matter of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [LBIE] (in administration) and in the matter of the Insolvency Act 1986;(2012) UKSC 6; Supreme Court. Lord Hope (Deputy President), Lord Walker JSC, Lord Clarke JSC, Lord Dyson JSC, Lord Collins JSC. 29 February 2012 The Supreme Court considered three issues concerning the meaning and application of […]

Dechert bulks up in Frankfurt with Fried Frank hire

Dechert has raided rival US firm Fried Frank to bolster its newly-opened Frankfurt office, picking up partner Sven Schulte-Hillen. Schulte-Hillen was previously managing partner of Fried Frank in Frankfurt, having founded the office in 2004. The hire follows Dechert’s January 2012 announcement (17 January 2012) that it was opening in the city to build on […]

Hacking firms told to take party line

Phone-hacking costs must be cut or claimants will have to join forces The claimant firms acting for victims of the phone-hacking scandal have been ordered to find a more cost-efficient way of working or risk their clients being forced into a group litigation order (GLO), with a single firm advising the entire group. It is […]

Police’s 2001 May Day kettling was lawful, European court rules

The European Court of Human Rights has found that the police’s use of the controversial kettling tactic at a 2001 demonstration was lawful. The use of the tactic during a violent May Day demonstration in Oxford Street in May 2001 was taken to Strasbourg by protestor Lois Austin and three other members of the public: […]

Eversheds and Irwin Mitchell rank in corporate responsibility index

Eversheds and Irwin Mitchell are the only two law firms to scoop a ranking in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index, which manages and measures the effectiveness of businesses’ social responsibility activities.  Eversheds maintained its 2011 gold ranking in the index alongside other well-known businesses such as Barclays, Camelot UK Lotteries and […]

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