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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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China has introduced a strict legal framework for direct selling to protect consumers and prevent pyramid selling. David Boitout and Beatrice de Meaux-Becdelievre report The Regulation on the Administration of Direct Selling and the Regulations Prohibiting Pyramid Selling came into force in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 1 December 2005. This furthers the […]

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The Government has woken up to the benefits of social enterprises and opened the door for such organisations to play a bigger part in the UK’s public services. Simon Randall reports From the Labour Party Manifesto 2005: “We believe that enterprises in the mutual and cooperative sector have an important role to play in the […]

Firm profile: Ashton Morton Slack

Managing partners: Robert Bryars and Martin SissonsTurnover: £7m Total number of partners: 18 Total number of fee-earners: 77 Main practice areas: Commercial property, company and commercial, crime, personal injury and medical negligence, private client and residential conveyancing Key clients: Cendant Mobility, Fretwell-Downing Group, GR Industries, Heltcorp, Hillcare, NH Greaves & Co, Servo Computer Services and […]

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Freshfields is hunting for an American suitor, and new co-senior partner Guy Morton has bet his reputation on achieving it. By Husnara Begum Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ‘s new co-senior partner Guy Morton is man on a mission. He wants to secure a transatlantic merger for the magic circle firm. “I would like the firm to […]

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