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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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District council moves to block courts closure plans

A DISTRICT council is gearing up to mount a legal challenge against plans to close two magistrates courts within its boundaries. Wychavon District Council is planning a judicial review to prevent the Hereford and Worcester Magistrates’ Court Committee (MCC) from shutting Droitwich and Evesham Courts as part of a £15m Private Finance Initiative (PFI) court […]

Survey looks at attitudes to Aids patients

LEGAL aid lawyers in England and Wales are being asked this week to take part in a survey to test how people with Aids and HIV are being treated by the legal system. All 10,000 legal aid firms are being sent the forms as part of a European Union project to examine ways of ending […]

Litigation Personal Injury 07/01/97

Drake v Langdale – QBD, 12 November 1996 Claimant: Leslie Drake, 3Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, father of two, left severely brain damaged after family doctor allegedly failed to treat him properly during an acute asthma attack. Incident took place 10 years ago after the claimant, a former Royal Marine and trainee electrician at the […]

Effective Advocacy, Noel Shaw, Sweet & Maxwell £12.95

It is surprising a book of this kind has not been published before. The court experience that a novice advocate receives during pupillage varies considerably in quantity and quality, so that the first months of exposure to a tribunal of law can be famously painful. Noel Shaw’s text is not a legal treatise; instead, it […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 07/01/97

Unfair trial where defendant is forced to incriminate himself Ernest Saunders v The United Kingdom, Application No 19187/91 (1994) Court: ECHR (R Bernhardt, President and Judges Thor Vilhjalmsson, F Golcuklu, L-E Pettiti, B Walsh, A Spielmann, J De Meyer, N Valticos, SK Martens, E Palm, R Pekkanen, AN Loizou, JM Morenilla, Sir John Freeland, L […]

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