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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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Charles Russell office goes solo

THE SWINDON office of City firm Charles Russell has branched off to form a niche practice aimed at high-tech commercial and property work. Richard Clark and Jeremy Holt have formed Clark Holt with the town’s third Charles Russell partner property lawyer Graham Brothwood. But they retain links with Charles Russell by forming an association. Clark […]

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The legal aid board. A quango the Law Society loves to hate

John Malpas looks at the stormy relationships which have dogged the LAB and talks to the institution’s main players “A DOWNCAST institution, riven by internal dissension from the highest to the lowest levels.” That is how the Law Society described the Legal Aid Board not long ago. In a speech which sparked off a huge […]

Firms break BCCI deadlock

TWO London firms have cracked the sixth-month negotiations between former employees of the collapsed Bank of Credit and Commerce International and the bank’s liquidators. The settlement means the ex-employees can withdraw their leave for legal action in return for payments totalling US$70 million. The money will go into two trusts: US$50 million to a trust […]

Auschwitz claim needs legal advice

A BRISTOL lawyer whose client seeks compensation for the murder of her relatives at Auschwitz is looking for help. Jane Macdonald, of Bobbetts Mackan, has agreed to take on the client whose father’s family was wiped out by the Nazis. But she is unsure whether she has a sustainable claim against the German government. “I […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 14/11/95

Reviewing a criminal compensation order Gamage v Director of Public Prosecutions (1995). DC (Rose LJ and Wright J) 16/10/95. Summary: A criminal compensation order which no reasonable court could have imposed. On reviewing a property compensation order imposed for obtaining by deception.

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