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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 […]

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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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Lambeth fights rent defaulter repairs case

Roger Pearson reports on a council’s efforts to overthrow a county court ruling that found in favour of a tolerated trespasser. The London Borough of Lambeth is again at the centre of a battle over council property after the scandal involving its failure to evict a squatter form a £200,000 council house earlier this year. […]

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Legal journalism is not particularly well paid, but it does offer some consolations. The other day, for example, I interviewed the President of France. I don’t imagine I would have spoken to Jacques Chirac very often if I’d continued working as a solicitor. We met in Finland, where he was attending a European Union summit. […]

Bid to delay tobacco ads ban

Judgment is pending in the latest High Court moves by tobacco giants Imperial, Gallagher, Rothmans UK and British American Tobacco to block implementation of the European Tobacco Advertising Directive in the UK. The companies say the Government should wait for the European Court to rule on the matter before introducing the ban. Jonathan Sumption QC […]

MP calls for probe into 'racist' CPS

An MP is demanding an inquiry over alleged comments the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) made to a senior crown prosecutor, after she won a race discrimination case against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Maria Bamieh is awaiting the outcome of a second claim following continued frustration of her promotion efforts (The Lawyer, 14 June). […]

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