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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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Cameron McKenna has expanded its US energy regulatory practice by acquiring two-partner, six-lawyer niche Washington firm Morley Caskin. The acquisition, completed last Wednesday, doubles the number of partners in Cameron McKenna’s existing Washington office and brings its total number of lawyers to 10. Morley Caskin, like Cameron McKenna, specialised in regulatory electricity and gas matters, […]

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MANCHESTER personal injury firm Alexander Harris has piloted a new case and practice management system, which has now been sold to London litigation firm Kennedys and launched on the legal marketplace. Altrincham-based computer supplier Jonathan Beck Associates (JBA) has been implementing its Carydan software at 28-fee earner firm Alexander Harris for the past three months, […]

IBA's Paris-based rival elects English silk for new millennium

THE UNION Internationale des Avocats (UIA) has voted in only its third English president in its 71-year history as the group tries to build bridges with its largely English-speaking rival, the International Bar Association (IBA). At the UIA conference in Nice last month, prominent English barrister Nicholas Stewart QC, who is chairman of the Bar […]

UK 'lock-in' deters investors

Immigration solicitors have warned that wealthy entrepreneurs and millionaire investors visiting the UK will be “locked” into the country for three months, owing to Home Office personnel and computing problems. The Home Office wrote to immigration solicitors last month, warning them that business immigration applications for businesspersons and investors received after 7 December would go […]

Ex-offenders group chair backs clean slate plan

Mark Leech, chairman of ex-offenders lobby and support group UNLOCK, this week backed proposals to wipe clean the records of ex-offenders. Last week, The Lawyer exclusively revealed details of the scheme, which is being considered by Home Secretary Jack Straw. In a preface to the 1999 edition of The Prisons Handbook he supports plans for […]

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