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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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EU-wide family law gets cautious welcome

THE EUROPEAN Commission’s proposed legislation establishing standardised matrimonial law across the European Union could impose rigid and binding decisions in family law cases, says a senior UK family practitioner. Jane Keir of Kingsley Napley warns that the commission’s proposals may put some UK procedures under pressure. “The way in which courts come to decisions about […]

Channel Island firms offer one-stop shop

Jersey’s Bedell Cristin and Guernsey’s Babbe Le Poidevin Allez have formed an alliance to provide one-stop legal advice in the Channel Islands. The news marks the second such link-up in three months. In September The Lawyer (20 September) revealed that Jersey’s Olsen Backhurst & Dorey and Guernsey’s Ferbrache Morgan had formed an alliance with a […]

In brief: Paul Shrubsall

Paul Shrubsall, senior clerk at premier commercial set One Essex Court, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. The award goes to Shrubsall for his “services to the barristers’ clerks profession”. Shrubsall, who has been at One Essex Court for almost 10 years, is a former chair of the Institute of […]

Digests

CMS Cameron McKenna’s European strategy has suffered a setback after the withdrawal of Swedish member firm Tisell & Co. Tisell was a founder member of CMS. But it now intends to join the legal and consulting arm of Ernst & Young. The 13-partner firm plans to merge with Ernst &Young’s Swedish legal, tax and consulting […]

Morgan Cole takes on Saga lawyer to boost energy unit

Morgan Cole is taking on a leading in-house energy lawyer to boost its practice. Geoff Hewitt joined Morgan Cole last week in a whirlwind move, say sources in the energy department. Hewitt was formerly director and legal manager at Saga Petroleum UK. His expertise lies in “upstream” energy law – the production end of the […]

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