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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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RETIRED North London local government solicitor Lance Haward, 62, knows no fear – not even when confronted by Jeremy Paxman. His replies came so fast during last week’s episode of University Challenge, that a flabbergasted Paxman tripped over his words, spluttering “Blimey!” Haward says the thrill of quiz shows is “gladiatorial” and has already notched […]

Tardy ambulance crew to face Law Lords

If successful, a case against the London Ambulance Service could pave the way for a flood of litigation, says Roger Pearson THE ACCOUNTABILITY of the ambulance service will be brought into focus in a High Court action scheduled for February. The Court of Appeal has ruled that London Ambulance Service must face a massive damages […]

US has judges of dread

US JUDGES hand down the stiffest sentences, followed by English, Belgian, Scottish and then Slovakian judges, finds a report by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. Danish and Dutch judges give the shortest sentences. The Times

Laptop computers to be allowed in prisons

The Prison Service is changing its policy to allow legal advisers to bring laptop computers when visiting clients in prison. The new practice will have immediate effect and will apply to all but 13 of the country’s 137 prisons. Many lawyers will be relieved that the Prison Service is finally taking account of developing technology, […]

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