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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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Stepping out for big ticket deals

In the South West, relationships between firms and merchant banks and other London institutions are becoming stronger rather than weaker. The strengthening of relationships has required much effort on the part of regional firms to overcome City prejudices, but work remains to be done. For example, although it is now common for big ticket capital […]

In brief: City senior partner heads to Dublin firm

Andrew Beer, a senior property partner with City firm Wilde Sapte, is set to leave the firm this month after more than 27 years. Beer will join as a partner with Dublin practice Ivor Fitzpatrick & Co on 1 January. He will advise exclusively in Irish law and help develop the firm’s growing banking and […]

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MUSIC A. Which member of U2 was so afraid of horses that a double had to be used in the filming of the video of New Year’s Day? 1. Bono 2. Dave Robbins 3. The Edge 4. Adam Clayton 5. Larry Mullins B. Which composer wrote a symphony number 0 and one numbered 00? 1. […]

Circulars fly in Bar complaints row

THE BAR Council is waging a battle for the hearts and minds of the Bar over the council’s proposed complaints scheme. Council chair Peter Goldsmith QC is leading a war of circulars, warning barristers of the need to adopt the scheme, already watered down by a Criminal Bar Association amendment which restricts compensation payments to […]

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