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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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New department heads for Lawrence Tucketts

Jonathan Hoey, who has been made up to partner, replaces Judith Brown as head of the 12-strong recoveries team. Brown has moved over to head up the dispute resolution group. Associate, David Bird has been made head of the tax and estate planning team, replacing Dr Anne Burrows who retires next Spring. Head of the […]

Energising the legal market

Ryan Dunleavy reports on the implications of the European Union’s decision to liberalise the Irish electricity market. Lawyers are gearing up for an increase in Irish energy work after the partial liberalisation of the electricity market in the Republic of Ireland from February 2000. The European Union is forcing the Irish government to sell off […]

Thompsons does Woolf cull U-turn

Leading personal injury firm Thompsons has promoted four partners to equity status, just eight months after culling 11 partners in preparation for the Woolf reforms. The firm asked for the resignation of a fifth of its partnership in March this year, saying an internal Woolf group had concluded the firm’s employment structure was top-heavy. But […]

Stephen Gale

Sean Farrell talks to Stephen Gale, the man who is due next April to be only the second lawyer to take the helm as president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency. The words “overworked” and “lawyer” are so often used together these days that they should be entered in the dictionary as one. But […]

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