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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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Drinks giant legal chief to step down

Allied Domecq’s company secretary David Mitchell is planning to step down after 38 years as its legal department undergoes a strategic review. Allied’s legal advisers include Linklaters & Alliance, which advised the company on the sale of its retail arm, Ashurst Morris Crisp, Bevan Ashford and Edge Ellison. The move comes as Allied slims down […]

Jones Day merges with Madrid firm

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is moving into the expanding Madrid market by merging with niche Spanish firm Tena Munoz y Asociados. The firms will merge next year, a move which will upset local firms in the Spanish capital. Jones Day is the first US firm to fully merge with a Spanish practice. The Lawyer […]

Zoo learns VAT lesson at High Court

Roger Pearson reports on Chester Zoo’s bid for VAT exemption on admission fees as it claims to offer an educational service. The right of Customs and Excise to charge VAT on admission to places such as zoos, art galleries and museums was scrutinised by the High Court last month. A challenge from Chester Zoo that […]

Building the Republic in the public-private interest

The Irish government has announced plans to use public-private partnerships to fund a £13bn bonanza in infrastucture spending. Ryan Dunleavy reports on benefits for lawyers within the Republic and the UK. Two phrases are echoing around the corridors of Irish law firms – privatisation and public-private partnership (PPP). Work on them is set to take […]

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Dental hygiene. Lawyers have relentlessly pursued tobacco manufacturers for causing lung cancer to smokers, with little success. Now a new action is being launched along the same lines – by toothache sufferers against sweetie manufacturers. Eileen Catterson – a former Miss Scotland and girlfriend of former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow (above) – is […]

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