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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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Accountant invasion looms over Irish firms

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Criticism falls on deaf ears

Ninety-five per cent of soldiers in one Irish army barracks are claiming compensation for deafness – and Defence Minister Michael Smith maintains that the country’s legal profession and the judiciary are mainly to blame. Smith argues that the flood of claims, which now stands at 11,500 – more than the total strength of the Irish […]

Concerned clients

BIRMINGHAM firms get a B+ for effort, but a warning that they could do better, in the first of The Lawyer’s exclusive surveys of client response to regional law firms. The fact that 25 per cent of the Midlands businesses questioned went out of the region for all their legal services shows that local law […]

All's fair in love and law

YOUR report, “Law Society staff face huge pay cuts in new regime” (The Lawyer, 8 February), failed to mention the fact that roughly the same number of staff have received salary increases as have had their pay frozen. There is no plan to reduce staff numbers as a result of the new pay system. Our […]

Australia blocks Year 2000 litigation

AUSTRALIA has legislated to protect businesses from year 2000 compliance litigation. It is following the lead set by the US and increases the pressure on the UK government to follow suit. The Australian Bill offers limited protection against civil liability through the use of a specified Year 2000 disclosure statement. UK lawyers specialising in information […]

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