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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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Shall we comply with the law?

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Speed bumps on the road to ABS

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Burness elicits apology from fashion retailer Zara in Harris Tweed IP dispute

Scottish firm Burness has forced retail giant Zara to apologise for misusing the Harris Tweed trademark. Earlier this year Zara’s internet trading arm ITX Fashion was selling a product on its website described, but not labelled as, a ‘Harris Tweed’ blazer. The Harris Tweed Authority (HTA) instructed Burness’ head of contentious IP practice Colin Hulme […]

Police’s 2001 May Day kettling was lawful, European court rules

The European Court of Human Rights has found that the police’s use of the controversial kettling tactic at a 2001 demonstration was lawful. The use of the tactic during a violent May Day demonstration in Oxford Street in May 2001 was taken to Strasbourg by protestor Lois Austin and three other members of the public: […]

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