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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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Case of the week

The sword of truth finally fell on Jonathan Aitken this week when the old-Etonian left for an 18-month holiday at the public’s expense. Clutching his shield of English fair play the former minister was led down after being sentenced for perjury and perverting the course of justice after his libel case against The Guardian and […]

Litigation Personal Injury 6/12/99

Bobby Corbett v (1) Dr Maloney (2) Basingstoke & North Hampshire Health Authority (1999) QBD (Gray J) 1 November 1999 Claimant: Male, newborn at date of accident; eight years old at date of settlement. Incident: The claimant was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after his premature birth in 1991, allegedly as a result of the hospital […]

Tuckers launches new IT system

Criminal law firm Tuckers has developed a new case management system. The new system contains a client database, billing information, allows staff to track cases from beginning to end, tap clients’ details in at police stations, and open new case files via modem. Once an action is under way, the system will automatically alert lawyers […]

It's been a good week for…

The Princess Di law industry, which is set to launch a whole new raft of cases against companies looking to market a range of “novelty” gifts. Lawyers from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund have written to dozens of companies to try to stop them manufacturing souvenirs including flick knives, cigarettes and a driving […]

College is profiting from student debt, says TSG

The College of Law has shown a record surplus in the past financial year, drawing protest from the Trainee Solicitors Group that students are being laden with unnecessary debt. In figures just released to the Charity Commission, The College of Law, which is a registered charity, shows a gross income of u29.3m and a gross […]

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