A year of living dangerously

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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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The City Lawyer's Tale

Mergers had happened before, mergers would happen again. But the coming together of Clifford Turner and Coward Chance was different. It was an event that would change the UK’s legal landscape and would later be the catalyst to a redrawing of the European and global legal maps. In a quintessentially British, civilised way, it all […]

A cure for the great millennium hangover

As the country wakes up to the plink, plink, fizzzzz of the new millennium on 1 January, they’ll be clearing away the empties from the Dome and polishing the displays ready for the great British public to flock in and see the zones dedicated to New Britain and its great commercial successes. Or at least […]

The Clerks' Tale

Today’s solicitors will find it hard to believe, but, in years gone by, barristers were even more reluctant to spend money than they are now. 1 Temple Gardens “had not been decorated or cleaned for centuries”, recalls Ralphs of the set he joined as a 14-year-old in 1955. The dust was occasionally redistributed by a […]

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