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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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Brixton solicitor Angello Hornby and Linklaters litigation partner Katie Bradford, who are among 500 leading women who are attending the 43rd Women of the Year Lunch this week. Hornby co-founded the Brixton all-female firm Hornby Ackroyd & Levy in 1980 and has created strong ties with the local community. Bradford is a property specialist and […]

Local society changes tack to round on SIF

A local law society that initially backed the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has now blasted Chancery Lane for “fundamentally misleading” the profession. Milton Keynes and District Law Society was one of 19 law societies that called for the retention of SIF during the consultation on the future of solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance in the summer. […]

Shadbolt enters HK

Reigate-based Shadbolt & Co – a niche construction law practice set up by the former head of McKenna & Co’s construction department – has opened a two-lawyer Hong Kong office, to be run by former Simmons & Simmons partner Colin Dodd.

Are you a master of your domain?

If you really want it, you can buy the domain name “billgates.com” through a company called Domainmart. The asking price is $1m. The activities of domain name speculators are getting out of hand. Although technically the names are little more than addresses, enabling one computer to find another over the Internet, the value that can […]

Cost-led reforms spell 'disaster'

Proposed reforms to the legal system threaten the existence of the specialist criminal advocate and could spell disaster in the long term, Bar Council chair Heather Hallett QC has warned. Delivering her address at the Bar’s annual conference on 4 October, Hallett condemned a series of proposed and recent reforms which, she said, amounted to […]

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