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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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THE BRITISH Library’s director of administration Raymond Ball has been appointed as chief executive of the Institute of Legal Executives. Ball combines the posts of secretary general and director of forward planning, vacated after the coming retirement of Leonard Evans and Cyril Broom. “My first task will be to learn a great deal more about […]

On-line financial magazine promotes Jersey's business

Linda Tsang reports JERSEY’S finance industry has launched itself onto the Internet. In a move believed to be the first of its kind, over 250 pages of text about the Channel Island’s offshore base has been produced in an electronic magazine format called ‘Jersey Offshore’. The magazine can be accessed by Internet users. The on-line […]

In brief: NSPCC promotes justice for children

Lord Williams of Mostyn hosted a National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) reception for senior lawyers and judges last week. The reception aimed to raise awareness of the NSPCC’s Justice for Children campaign and the charity’s Child Witness Support programme, where staff prepare children for court and provide support during trials.

In brief: Second lease of life for college building

Former College of Law students have bought their old educational headquarters as apartments following the refurbishment of the college’s period-listed building in London’s Lancaster Gate. More than 70 per cent of the property, being converted into 21 luxury apartments, has already been sold in the Far East – much of it to solicitors. The apartments […]

Litigation Writs 13/06/95

Former navy mechanic Ian Liddle who was severely injured in an accident last year is suing the Ministry of Defence. Liddle, of Portsmouth, lost one eye and suffered head injuries after being trapped and crushed by a lift while working on HMS Illustrious in January 1994. His writ says a lift above him was activated […]

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