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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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Pinsents loses lawyer to client Benfield Group

Reinsurance intermediary Benfield Group has taken on Derek Walsh from Pinsent Curtis Biddle’s London office Walsh was a solicitor in Pinsents’ insurance and reinsurance group and spent time as a secondee at Benfield, as well as acting on its acquisition of EW Blanch in May 2001. Walsh confirmed that the company is formulising a panel […]

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The Law Society has been subject to responsibilities under discrimination law since the early 1970s. These include controlling admission to the profession, offering services to the public, handling complaints about solicitors and its responsibilities as an employer. More recently its duties have broadened arising from the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. Under this act, the […]

SAS?… more like SOS

The latest in an occasional series entitled ‘What were they thinking of?’ is this little offering from a newly merged Stockport firm.As you are probably fully aware – Tulkinghorn expects that all his readers are au fait with the Stockport legal scene – Sinclair Abson Smith has merged with Walls Johnston to become an 11-partner […]

Lawrence Graham drops investment arm

Lawrence Graham is hiving off its investment management arm to avoid regulation by the Financial Services Authority From 1 May the firm’s investment division will be operated by Maidstone-based Ashcourt Asset Management, which also runs the investment management wing of Blake Lapthorn, Brachers and Wilsons. The sum of funds it manages will now total £250m.

Browne Jacobson hire pulls in Legal Risk Management as client

The expanding construction team at Browne Jacobson has received instructions from major construction insurer Legal Risk Management for the first time The client win follows the firm’s capture of construction partner Russell Deards from Midlands rival Nelsons. Deards, who was formerly a partner and head of construction at Nelsons, joined Browne Jacobson a month ago. […]

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