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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 Inquiry: Maryly Lafollette

Maryly La Follette was born in Berkeley, California in 1942. She is a partner at Charles Russell. What was your first job? High school teacher in California. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? About #7,000 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? I would like to have […]

Task force to draw up kite mark criteria for all legal services

A task force made up of advice and funding groups such as the Legal Aid Board and Law Centres Federation is about to begin work on drawing up a kite mark standard for all legal services agencies The Lord Chancellor’s Department’s plan – which is outlined in the Government’s White Paper, Modernising Justice – is […]

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Finance partner David Roberts of Garretts assisted by Matthew Dobson and John Allison acted for Bearing Power International on its recommended £6.3m offer from Mining and Allied Investments, advised by Gouldens.

Lawyer free to practise after prison

A solicitor serving three years for firearms offences is free to practise after his release following the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal’s failure to strike him off. James McIntyre, of Linlithgow, who was jailed after being found with two .22 pistols and ammunition, is to be censured based on the findings of Scottish law officials. McIntyre […]

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