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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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Football club’s duty to player Kieron Brady v (1) Sunderland Association Football Club Ltd (2) Leslie Howard Boobis, FRCS (3) Dr Simon James Paul England (1998) QBD (Buckley J) 2/4/98 The plaintiff was a highly promising young football player contracted to the first defendant, Sunderland Association Football club Ltd. He experienced problems with his right […]

Conviction on the menu

The case of a hotel sandwich board which upset planners in Bideford, North Devon, is to return to the local magistrates’ court. But when it returns, the magistrates have been given no choice but to convict hotelier Alan Jarad for breach of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 by putting the […]

Jakarta outposts accused of illegality by local firms

The Jakarta offices of five major US law firms have been accused by a group of prominent Indonesian lawyers of operating illegally in the city. White & Case, Baker & McKenzie, Coudert Brothers, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Deacons Graham & James have all been reported to the ministry of justice and the ministry of […]

Govt in push for family law fixed fees

THE Government is preparing to clamp down on legal aid fees by imposing standard fees on all family law cases by the end of the year. The Lawyer has learned that discussions between the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), the Law Society and the Bar Council are now at “an advanced stage” over the controversial move, […]

Accountancy Survey. Accounting for the accountants

A survey has revealed that accountants are not delivering the services law firms want. The fourth annual survey by The Lawyer and chartered accountancy firm Baker Tilly makes depressing reading for accountants. Despite accountants’ marketing, brochures and stated commitment to client service, many solicitors remain dissatisfied. Quotes such as “they could show basic interest in […]

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