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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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ADVISERS to charities are being warned to be wary of letters from phoney lawyers offering fictitious legacies. The fraud, much of it emanating from West Africa, is a type of advanced fee fraud. The letters, purporting to be from lawyers, claim the charity has been left a legacy, and the charity is then asked to […]

Ethics questions loom for lawyers

Should lawyers learn ethics? is the question asked this week at a workshop by the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Organised by the university’s Centre for Professional Ethics and The Association of Legal and Social Philosophy, it will consider ethics in legal education and the profession. Jane Pritchard, solicitor and researcher at the centre, says […]

Portillo at AMA

Barrister David Pannick QC and employment secretary Michael Portillo will be among the speakers at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities’ second conference on the implications of Europe on UK employment law. The conference, ‘Brussels Sprouting – Part 2’, will be held on 16 January next year. Leader of the socialist group in the European Parliament, […]

TSG stages conference in Warsaw

MORE than 150 Polish law students have attended the first ever Project Europe conference held outside the UK. The conference, organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) with the Polish branch of the European Law Students Association (ELSA), was staged at Warsaw University this month. Planned by TSG international relations officer Dr David Taylor and […]

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