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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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Penningtons loses office as partners choose to go it alone

THE BREAKAWAY of the Bournemouth offshoot of the London and Home Counties firm Penningtons was confirmed last week when it relaunched as a separate practice under the name Fynn & Partners. Months of negotiations ended with senior partner Lionel Fynn and five other partners beginning as a specialist practice in environmental, licensing and planning law […]

Firms build up society work

SLAUGHTER & MAY has chalked up a hat trick by taking an advisory role in the proposed £1.35 billion merger between the Abbey National and National & Provincial. Slaughters is acting for N&P in the negotiations, which are set to run for at least a year as the two societies thrash out the terms of […]

Bradford lawyer faces expulsion

A SOLICITOR who attacked his secretary and called her a “scrubber” and a “slag” was due to face a decisive meeting this week after being ordered to pay £8,000 compensation by an industrial tribunal. Bradford lawyer John Macleod pinned the temporary worker to a wall and pushed her out of the office causing superficial injuries, […]

Staples rejects bungle claim

THE SERIOUS Fraud Office tried to cover up its “bungled” attempt to prosecute Roger Levitt after being misled by its leading counsel David Cocks QC on the details of a plea bargain, according to MPs grilling SFO director George Staple. Facing a second session with the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee, Staple came under […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 18/07/95

RICHARD WILLIAM HILL, admitted 1979, practising at material time as Hill and Co, Tooting, London, fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £607.73 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly used client funds for purposes of himself and other clients, wrongly withdrew money from client account. Tribunal told investigation accountant’s report of April 1994 revealed numerous bookkeeping errors […]

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