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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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Acronyms and acrimony in the property wars

And you thought Bosnia was complicated… Chris Fogarty reports on the confusion surrounding the solicitors who would be estate agents. It’s fast becoming the battle of the acronyms. A publicly well-mannered but privately bitter war of words is currently raging between solicitors’ organisations preparing to wade into the dangerous waters of property selling. Solicitors are […]

Insurers give Irvine grudging support

Lord Irvine has won a private assurance from the insurance industry that it will be able to underpin his legal aid reforms with affordable conditional fee insurance premiums. But despite the assurance, made at a meeting between the Lord Chancellor and leading insurers last week, many insurers still hold private reservations about Lord Irvine’s reforms […]

Justice's 40-year fight for human rights

The Justice law reform group has spent 40 years battling against miscarriages of justice and for decent human rights standards. Anne Owers looks ahead to the next phase Justice was founded in 1957, when an all-party group of lawyers went to observe the treason trials in South Africa and Hungary. Both those countries now have […]

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