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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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Year and day rule review

ABOLITION of the year and a day rule should be put on the statute book as soon as possible, according to Law Commissioner Stephen Silber QC. Silber, responsible for criminal law, says the almost unanimous support to abolish the centuries-old law is proof of the need for swift action. A commission report says the rule […]

EC directive could prompt insurance policy review

Lawrence Graham warns that the EC Directive on unfair terms in consumer contracts will lead to a wholesale review of standard private individuals’ insurance policies. The directive, which came into force on 31 December, applies to all contracts concluded between insurers and their clients. It will hit insurers hard, since other industry is already subject […]

Justice acts on juvenile sentencing

CAMPAIGNING law reform group Justice, which has won an important battle in its fight for juvenile justice, is considering taking new legal steps to keep politics out of the courts. The Home Secretary’s intervention in fixing mandatory life terms could be the next target of Justice following its recent first-round victory in Europe. The European […]

Lawyers defend SFO role in Guinness trial

Saunders: ‘strong point’ LAWYERS have leapt to the defence of the Serious Fraud Office following the referral of the Guinness case back to the Court of Appeal. Revelations that the SFO failed to disclose information to the defence at the original trial should not signal the death-knell for the organisation, a leading fraud specialist claims. […]

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