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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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Defence lawyer takes a bow on the box

A BBC producer who shadowed a hard-working criminal solicitor for a documentary has admitted the experience was a real “eye opener”. London solicitor June Venters, of Venters & Co, will feature next month in a documentary series highlighting the work of women professionals who work in the criminal justice system. Producer Tracy Cook said her […]

In brief: Get rid of your aggression with road race

Firms are being encouraged to enter teams for this year’s Great Legal Challenge, sponsored by The Lawyer, which takes place on 10 July. The 3.5 mile road race, part of the annual ‘Chase Corporate Challenge’, will be held in London’s Battersea Park at 6.45 pm. Last year’s race was won be Norton Rose. A trophy […]

Irish courts face 'bedlam' after divorce reform

The Irish court system looks set to be swamped by tens of thousands of couples seeking divorce when it is legalised this autumn. Divorce has been banned in the Republic for the past 70 years but at least 40,000 couples in the country have won judicial separations and no one knows how many of these […]

Garretts to set up litigation department

Garrett & Co, the law firm allied to accountancy giant Arthur Andersen, hopes to establish a litigation department in London as part of an ambitious expansion programme to boost fee income. Julia Chain, managing partner at Garretts, said setting up a litigation unit would complement the firm’s company and commercial division in the capital where […]

The Blitz spirit that overrides politics

Pictures of bomb-damaged buildings and injured bystanders are again making the front pages. No-one can fail to be moved by the pain and suffering that has been caused as well as relieved that there were no fatalities, this time. The unfortunate fact is that disaster planning now has to be put back on many agendas, […]

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