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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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Pro Bono – Addleshaws joins CC to aid National Autistic Soc

Addleshaw Goddard is ramping up its commitment to pro bono with the announcement last month of its involvement in two new initiatives. The firm, alongside Clifford Chance, has teamed up with the National Autistic Society (NAS) in an educational alliance that will provide free legal representation for parents of autistic children. It has also announced […]

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We spent half-term supporting the UK tourist industry in a rain-swept seaside town rather than flying to the Med, as the Lawyer’s grudgingly-given end-of-year bonus surely allowed us to do. As we weren’t in some classy French resort there were no lovely clothes boutiques, no tastefully themed leisure parks, no quayside cafés, no little fish […]

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Wragge & Co has lost its fifth partner in six months, with private equity partner Peter McLintock quitting to join the Birmingham arm of Midlands rival Hammonds. McLintock, previously a senior legal adviser to venture capitalist 3i, is leaving the Birmingham giant to head up Hammonds’ Midlands private equity practice. Confirming McLintock’s resignation, Wragges senior […]

Croatian judiciary trains for war crimes

A TRAINING programme for Croatian judges and prosecutors has been launched to ease the burden on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The ICTY has been given until 2010 to wind up, although 2008 is the target. It is hoped that the training programme will enable some of its war crimes cases […]

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