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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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A very British incorporation

Issues: Human Rights The Government is right to call for a British Human Rights Act but it should go one step further, believes Jonathan Cooper. Jonathan Cooper is legal director of Liberty. The incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights was a central feature of the Labour Party’s manifesto. On 24 October 1997, that […]

IBA struggles to find MDP common policy

The International Bar Association’s (IBA) working party on multidisciplinary partnerships is meeting behind closed doors this week in an attempt to thrash out a common policy on MDPs. The working party, which was set up in July, has been up against the clock in an attempt to finalise a draft position paper in time for […]

In brief: Masons sends IT partner to Hong Kong

City firm Masons is sending IT specialist partner Peter Bullock to set up a new IT department in its Hong Kong office. Hong Kong partner Timothy Hill, senior associate Richard Bates and associate Leonora Ip will join Bullock’s team.

Extortionate insolvency fees come under close scrutiny

Trade minister Nigel Griffiths MP has warned lawyers and accountants who practise insolvency that he will be looking closely at the way they charge fees following the expected publication of a report into the matter by Mr Justice Ferris. A working party representing all professional bodies involved in insolvency was set up last year under […]

Anguilla legislates for growth

Shrewd legislation has made Anguilla much more attractive to financial services professionals, writes Richard Carpenter. Since the enactment of a comprehensive package of financial services legislation in 1995, Anguilla has experienced steady growth. Government revenue from the sector has increased by more than 250 per cent since 1994 and the number of companies incorporated continues […]

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