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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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Joint seniors at ATL step down

Chris Arnheim and Mark Lewis, joint senior partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ associate law firm Arnheim Tite & Lewis, have stepped down, leaving the firm with no senior partner. The move leaves managing partner Christopher Tite with sole responsibility for managing the firm, though Arnheim says all three have “senior ambassadorial roles” at ATL. Tite says it […]

Clerks take business lessons

Commercial chambers One Essex Court has become the first set to introduce professional training in business development for its clerks. The set has employed Haines Consulting, an organisation that specialises in teaching business strategy. Haines Consulting has already undertaken similar exercises with 33 of the top 100 firms of solicitors. “I thought they [solicitors] were […]

Financings

David Clay of north-west firm Davies Wallis Foyster advised Reflec on its £2.5m share placing on the alternative investment market, AIM. The re-financing follows a damaging patent dispute in the US last year.

Litigation Wrtis 12/7/99

Nottingham Community Health NHS Trust is being taken to the High Court by Ian While of Launceston, Cornwall, in a claim for u6,936 he alleges he earned from services provided under a 1992 written agreement with the trust. He also seeks an account of all commissions payable under the agreement and an order for payment […]

Cloisters Chambers in management review

Cloisters Chambers, a major employment set with 43 tenants, is understood to be appointing a management consultant to review the way that it is run. The situation of Cloisters senior clerk Michael Martin, who has been absent from chambers for some time, remains unresolved. He is currently on extended leave and is taking legal advice. […]

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