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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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North West firm Halliwell Landau has poached Mary Thakkar from Manchester rivals Gorna & Co. Halliwells claims its property business has risen by a fifth over the past year and Thakkar’s appointment is part of an ongoing property recruitment drive. Halliwells’ head of property Geoff Marks said: “In the last couple of years the firm […]

In brief: First Law Soc stand at Welsh Eisteddfod

The Law Society has for the first time run a stand at the Welsh National Eisteddfod. The stand was officially opened at the beginning of last week’s cultural festival at Bala in North Wales by the Welsh-speaking Attorney General, John Morris QC. It was jointly staffed by the Law Society regional offices in Wales, Gwynedd […]

In brief: First Legal Practice MBA graduates

The first ever students to complete an MBA in Legal Practice have graduated from the Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University. The 33 students on the course gained a Masters degree designed exclusively for those with management responsibility in law firms, legal departments and barristers’ chambers. Students included senior partners, managing partners, senior administrators […]

World Court will be inundated with cases

An international criminal court would be unable to deal with the majority of those responsible for war crimes according to delegates at the 10th annual Society for the Reform of Criminal Law conference. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for the setting up of the international court to combat “crimes against humanity”. But drawing […]

Former Mishcons partner launched dismissal claim

A MISHCON de Reya litigation partner has taken the unusual step of launching a complaint of unfair dismissal against her firm after she left before a grievance procedure had been concluded. However Mishcons is insisting it is not in dispute with Paula Feldman – and will not comment on whether the case has settled. Feldman, […]

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