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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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Experts fear pilot scheme will lead to bad verdicts

CRIMINAL law experts fear miscarriages of justice, extra cost and further delays are likely to stem from a government pilot scheme allowing the police to prepare abbreviated case files. The society says the pilots will allow police to produce their own summaries of witness statements and evidence, rather than full statements, in cases which the […]

Moore settles book extract libel action with Express

ENGLAND international rugby player and litigation partner Brian Moore has settled a libel action with the Daily Express over extracts published from a book by fellow rugby player Stuart Barnes. Moore, a partner at London firm Edward Lewis, had earlier settled with Barnes and the publishers of his book Smelling of Roses after an addendum […]

Bill set to axe IHT loan trusts

Advisers in law firms and product providers will be looking anxiously at the loan trust provisions in the Finance Bill due this month. Loan-based schemes used for inheritance tax (IHT) purposes have virtually disappeared from the market following Budget proposals appearing to make trustees subject to income tax on the loan amount. Paul Hartford, of […]

Time enough for new terms

The Lawyer, 3 January 1995, reports on the implementation of the EU Unfair Terms directive. Each Christmas the DTI springs a surprise on commercial lawyers when implementing EU directives. Last year it was major changes to the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations. The year before, the EU Software Directive was brought into force days after […]

Mackay plan plugs franchise firms

FRANCHISED firms will be in the driving seat when it comes to competing for contracts under Lord Mackay’s proposed new legal aid regime. Details are yet to be fleshed out, but franchise-holders will have a distinct advantage when the system is overhauled. It is understood that non-franchised firms will not be barred from applying to […]

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