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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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Legal aid lesson must be learned from Mansell case

In 1993, Penny Mansell, a desperate young Milford Haven mother on income support, approached Nicola Castle, a partner at Altrincham’s Alexander Harris, for legal help. Mansell was looking for financial compensation to help her look after her young son – struck down with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen at birth. With Castle’s assistance, […]

Lex Mundi targets London

International law firm network Lex Mundi has reversed its long-standing policy of not having an English member firm by announcing its intention to bring a London-based practice into the organisation by next spring. The network, made up of 143 independent firms around the world, voted in early October to change its policy and approach leading […]

Hirst beats De Wilde in Bar Council vice-chair election

Jonathan Hirst QC has been elected vice-chairman of the Bar Council, beating veteran campaigner for greater democracy at the Bar Robin De Wilde QC. Although the Bar Council has not released the voting figures, sources say Hirst won the poll “comfortably”. It was initially thought two other candidates would stand – Julian Malins QC and […]

Environment law in public hands

A United Nations convention finally empowers the public to have a say on environmental issues – but will it have any real effect? Alan Osborn reports. After two years of negotiation involving 37 European countries, a convention to give more power to the public arm over government and industrial decisions affecting the environment was finalised […]

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