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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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A South Wirral packaging company is to be accused in the High Court of supplying faulty drums to hold chemicals. In a £118,000 claim, chemical manufacturing firm Transpek Industry, of Vadodara, India, claims the drums supplied by Van Leer (UK), of Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, were claimed to be suitable for storage of the chemical […]

Landing in trouble

Reading the Native Title Act is “like reading porridge”, according to one Australian businessman. Robyn Glindemann, a lawyer at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, is more respectful, describing it as “a very intricately drafted piece of legislation” – and one that, since its introduction in 1993, has been rarely out of the news. The Act was […]

Going for gold

With the Olympic flame extinguished in Atlanta, attention has turned to preparations for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad to be held in Sydney in 2000. Inevitably, questions are being asked as to whether the facilities will be ready. SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee for the Games) firmly believes they will be. In the meantime, […]

Shoosmiths installs single number system

Regional firm Shoosmiths & Harrison has recently invested £350,000 upgrading its telecommunications system. The firm has had 450 voice-mail boxes installed, and it plans to add the Octel HotDesk system soon. This means that employees can be contacted on any of their phones, at home or on a mobile, through a single phone number. The […]

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