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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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Recruitment guide comes under fire

LEGAL groups will meet to discuss amendments to the profession’s recruitment guide after an independent survey reveals many firms find it difficult to adhere to. The survey, carried out by the Standing Conference on Legal Education, prompted more than 50 responses from firms, groups and individuals involved in the recruitment of legal staff. Conference secretary […]

Price Waterhouse wins crime specialist

TOP white collar crime specialist Anthony Vernon is leaving City law firm Richards Butler for accountants Price Waterhouse. The highly rated 41 year-old partner joined Richards Butler in June 1992 from Boodle Hatfield. Business development manager Geoffrey Parker says client confidentiality prevents him from commenting on Vernon’s caseload. Parker says no assistants are leaving with […]

Hardwicke underlines its expansionist policy

HARDWICKE Building is to take on two new women barristers as part of long-term plans to build Britain’s first 100-strong set. The Lincoln’s Inn chambers now has 56 tenants, including 15 women. The two will work as part of the chambers’ growing civil department. Julia Jarzabkowski will work in property and commercial, while Emily Formby […]

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