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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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CC wins Olympic stadium instruction

Clifford Chance will advise the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) on the £250m construction of the main London 2012 stadium. Construction partner Tim Steadman will lead the team. The confirmation ends speculation on which of the five firms on the ODA’s panel, announced last month, would win the work. The other firms are Berwin Leighton Paisner, […]

Nascent patents

Changes are afoot in the process for settling patent disputes across Europe, with two new models battling it out for supremacy. But don’t hold your breath, say Nick Gardner and Sebastian Moore On 12 July 2006 a public hearing was held in Brussels as part of the European Commission’s consultation on the future of the […]

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GMC ditches Eversheds and Mills & Reeve but retains FFW

The General Medical Council (GMC) has dropped Eversheds and Mills & Reeve from its panel, retaining Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) as its sole adviser. FFW partners Mathew Lohn and Tom Rider handle most of the GMC’s work. The GMC was expected to cut its panel to two firms this year, rather than one. The measure […]

Web Week 31/07/06

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. Dressing to impress Rob Moodie was all over the web this week. Lawfuel.com reported that Moodie, “67, a former […]

The heat is on

Tulkinghorn loves his spies, especially those that send in unlooked-for nuggets. Such as this gem, which popped up last week while the sun was at its fiercest. “The heat makes people do funny things. I just spied Lawrence Graham property partner Paul Kinsella on the tube going at least four stops. In this heat, and […]

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