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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

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A NEWLY-published league table of the country’s top legal advisers to charities has highlighted the increasing importance of voluntary sector business to law firms. Firms with experienced specialists in the charity area are taking advantage of a burgeoning market, according to the analysis from this year’s ‘Henderson Top 2000 Charities Directory’. The table, which covers […]

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MORE than 300 employers, including an increasing number of the UK’s top law firms, are expected to take Russian workers on placement as part of this year’s Chancellor’s Financial Sector Scheme. Norton Rose, Linklaters & Paines, Clifford Chance and Stephenson Harwood are among the firms participating in the project which was established in 1992 by […]

Price top of agenda in external work

PRICING is the “great unresolved conundrum” when local authorities are outsourcing legal work, London Borough of Croydon’s solicitor to the council Miles Smith said last week. Speaking at the annual weekend school for local government lawyers, he said a substantial part of his local authority’s legal work, which was outsourced to local practice Stoneham Langton […]

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A conference in Beijing and Shanghai organised by the American Bar Association and the All China Lawyers’ Association has been cancelled after an edict from the Chinese Government banned international conferences in banking, finance and law. The conference entitled ‘The role of lawyers in the creation of a market economy in China’ was due to […]

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