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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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Fear over double occupancy cost

Firms about to take on new City property might want to take a long look before they leap. While estate agents are busily talking up the market, the more bearish analysts forecast that the uncertainty in global financial markets and the threat of deeper recession early next year, could have a major impact on demand […]

Lawyers at play

It is doubtful that running the New York marathon comes under the term “play”. Nevertheless, breathless Mark Smy from Birmingham solicitors Lee Crowder raised over £1,500 for mobility aid charity Whizz-Kidz when he ran the race last weekend.

It has been a good week for:

Crusading journalist David Jessel, who successfully defended a libel action against Channel Four’s Trial & Error. Former Detective Inspector Trevor Gladding was suing Jessel for accusing him of perverting the course of justice. Winchester solicitors White & Bowker, who are patting themselves on the back after having the stunningly clever idea of using the voice […]

MS sufferer sues Wilde Sapte for discrimination

A budding lawyer with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who was laid off by Wilde Sapte while in hospital, has accused the firm of discrimination. In one of the first cases of its kind to reach an industrial tribunal, Rubina Cassell is bringing a claim against the firm under the new Disability Discrimination Act. Stratford Industrial Tribunal […]

EU and Med to trade

An EU proposal for a free trade area between the EU and 12 Mediterranean countries by the year 2010, could lead to the free movement of lawyers between those countries, according to the Law Society’s Brussels office. The non-EU countries are Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordon, Israel, the Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the […]

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