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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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LCD launches IT think tank

THE Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has set up a think tank to consider ways of improving the use of IT in the civil justice system. Geoff Hoon, parliamentary secretary at the LCD and former shadow IT spokesman, is to chair a strategy group of eight civil servants and IT professionals. It will be charged with […]

Number of judicial assistants set to grow

A MAJOR expansion of the Court of Appeal’s judicial assistants scheme was predicted last week by the newly formed Association of Judicial Assistants. Slaughter and May solicitor Trevor Barnes, chairman of the association, said that the Woolf reforms meant judges would need more judicial assistants – first appointed last year to help Court of Appeal […]

Putting the PI victim first

Bill Braithwaite QC argues that victims’ rehabilitation lies not only in the hands of medics, but also in the actions of lawyers. Bill Braithwaite QC practises from 2 Crown Office Row, London, and Exchange Chambers, Liverpool. He is consultant editor of Kemp & Kemp, The Quantum of Damages. In recent months there has been considerable […]

Bar pressed to take action against age discrimination

Dibb Lupton Alsop no longer wants to be known as a national firm and is rebranding itself as a “City firm with regional offices”. In a business plan voted on by all partners, it has also agreed to aim to have French, German, Spanish and Italian practices within the next 12 months; to expand its […]

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