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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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The Lawyer’s investigation into the state of the magistrates courts makes worrying reading. For the first time, justices’ chief executives (JCEs) have voiced their concerns. Most said they were under financial pressure, more than a quarter have made redundancies while two thirds said they had no confidence in the Government’s intentions to adequately fund the […]

Seal of approval for liability review plan

SOLICITORS and their clients will be significantly affected by any legal changes resulting from a Government-driven review of the law of joint and several liability, claim partnership experts. If the review recommends such changes, it could herald the adoption of proportional liability. Ronnie Fox, senior partner of Fox Williams and a partnership law specialist, said: […]

Insolvency expert takes top job

CITY firm Wilde Sapte has appointed insolvency partner Mark Andrews to take over from Charles Leeming as senior partner in January. Andrews, who has been with the firm since 1976 and a partner since 1979, will continue to work in the insolvency department, where he acted in the recent Paramount Airways Appeal to the House […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 05/12/95

Donald Edwin Strong, 57, admitted 1960, sole practitioner at Tadworth, Surrey, at material times, struck off and ordered to pay £1,217 costs. Allegations substantiated he dishonestly or improperly utilised client money for his own benefit, failed to maintain his accounts correctly and was guilty of unreasonable delay in completion of conveyancing formalities. Tribunal told investigation […]

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