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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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Supreme Court revamps pilot plan

THE SUPREME Court Taxation Office has launched a revised version of its pilot scheme for a radically faster and cheaper taxation process, after the failure of its first scheme last year. The SCTO dropped elements that had triggered concern among lawyers and which led to an almost non-existent take-up of the earlier scheme. The pilot […]

Litigation Writs 28/03/95

Portsmouth company Eco Euro is being sued by the Commissioners of Customs & Excise following the seizure of more than 11 million cigarettes. The writ says the cigarettes were seized because of false documents which named a consignee who did not exist and stated that the destination for the cigarettes was Morocco. Customs & Excise […]

ABA pro bono event debates US funds cuts

THE FUTURE of federal funding for legal services in the US is at the top of the agenda for US pro bono lawyers as congressional leaders meet to discuss trimming costs. The 11th American Bar Association conference in Nash-ville next month will focus on how to respond to the likelihood of cuts in federal legal […]

Prosecutors get advocacy training programme

DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills has launched a training scheme for Crown Prosecutors, aimed at establishing a national standard of advocacy throughout the CPS. All new prosecutors joining the CPS from 1 April will undertake a formal programme of training, covering areas such as professional ethics, courtroom etiquette and presentation skills. Speaking at the […]

IT, the jury's friend

Judge May’s comments in The Times about the courts’ adoption of information technology after the abandonment of a mortgage fraud trial, home in on a point often overlooked in the IT debate. The argument is usually conducted in terms of the increased efficiency that the new technologies bring through their ability to process, store and […]

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