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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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Punders in last gasp entry to Hong Kong

German firm Punder Volhard Weber & Axster has taken an eleventh-hour decision to open a Hong Kong office before the 1 July handover of the colony to China, following a strategic review of its international practice. The firm already has a Beijing office, which it established in 1985, and now runs it as a joint […]

In brief: New firm born of Giroux and Stibbe Simont

French firms Giroux Buhagiar & Associes and Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot are set to merge, forming a new firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot & Giroux. The new firm will be based in Stibbe Simont’s existing office with 23 Giroux lawyers joining Stibbe Simont’s 70 Paris-based lawyers.

Election 97: Legal candidates

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.” As the General Election arrives, more than 150 lawyers have taken former US president Ronald Reagan’s advice and are heading for the hustings. Of the 151 candidates from the legal profession who […]

Too many expert opinions

A witness’s opinion is only admissible with leave from the court, and such leave should only be given if necessary “to furnish the court with scientific information which is likely to be outside the experience and knowledge of a judge [or jury]”. (R v Turner (Terence (1975) cited with approval by Wilberforce LJ in R […]

In brief: Leeds practice liable to Building Society

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Leeds firm Ian Brill & Co, which acted for a man who sold his house without his wife’s knowledge, is liable to the Bristol & West Building Society for breach of warranty of authority. Lords Justice Staughton, Waller and Waite upheld a Leeds District Registry decision. The ruling […]

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