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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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Consumer Protection Act probes the pill

An increasing number of manufacturers of the contraceptive pill are being sued for negligence, reports Roger Pearson A growing number of cases are going to the High Court in which manufacturers of birth-control pills are being sued. Two of the latest cases centre on the Femodene-brand contraceptive pill with one of them also involving Marvelon. […]

Linklaters races to top of advisory league

Linklaters & Paines has knocked US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell from the top of a league table for advisers on international equity issues. The table, compiled by International Financial Law Review, shows Linklaters advised banks on 41 international equity issues in the 12 months to the end of June this year, while Davis Polk, […]

The great Tupe dilemma

Tupe remains a grey area for employers, says Paul Gilroy. Paul Gilroy is a barrister at 9 St John Street chambers, Manchester. TUPE or not Tupe? That is the question. Providing the answer has been made more difficult for employment lawyers as a result of the European Court of Justice’s decision in the case of […]

Mind the gaps on Tupe

The House of Lords must sort out the confusion regarding the transfer of undertakings regulations says Simon Mills. Simon Mills is a barrister at One Essex Court chambers. Last year’s decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Wilson v St Helens Borough Council created a swell of uneasiness among employment practitioners. The EAT held […]

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