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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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Pinsents sails for Singapore

“We sail tonight for Singapore/We’re all as mad as hatters here,” sang Tom Waits back in the 1980s. Now, we don’t know if Pinsent Masons senior partner Chris Mullen is a fan of the gravely voiced troubadour, but today’s news that his firm has entered into a joint venture with local player MPillay (see story) […]

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Firms across the country might think any issues relating to partner retirement age have been ironed out, but one case going through the courts could change all that. The Court of Appeal was convened last week to hear the snowballing case that is Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes,  a trial that looks specifically at […]

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Christianity took a good couple of centuries to rise above the level of a cult and become a major socio-political force in Western civilisation. For Apple, the transition has taken about 12 minutes. And if anyone needs evidence that the upstart computer company has become the pre-eminent force for all that is good in this […]

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Sets see rise in turnover in wake of litigation upsurge

It has been a year of growth at the bar, with sets ramping up inward investment during the pick-up in litigation. London set 39 Essex Street has reported a rise in turnover of 10.5 per cent – from £30.4m at the 2008-09 year-end to £33.6m for 2009-10 – with 70 per cent of its turnover generated by court […]

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