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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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Apil moots own practice policies

INDEPENDENT guidelines for personal injury lawyers on sensitive issues like advertising may be drawn up by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Apil president Michael Napier has sparked off a debate in the group over whether it should issue practice guidelines which may not be in line with the Law Society’s policies. In his presidential […]

Management a 'bore' in North-west

SOLICITORS in the North-west of England enjoy fee earning work but are not too excited about practice management. They work hard, on average 40 and 50 hours a week, and the majority earn between £25,000 and £50,000. The findings form part of a major survey of lawyers’ working lives by chartered accountants Gruber Levinson Franks. […]

North Yorks reshuffle cuts legal posts

FIVE legal services posts are to be axed as a result of the reorganisation of a county council’s management structure. The number of legal staff at North Yorkshire County Council will be cut from 24 to 19 after next April. But acting county secretary David Parrish said there were unlikely to be redundancies. The cuts […]

horsey pursuits

There are horses for courses and never more so than when looking for a riding expert. In the horse world, nearly everybody thinks they are an expert and the lawyer litigating a horse-related incident must carefully consider what sort of adviser is needed. It is safe to say for most personal injury riding accidents a […]

Ashby case due for QBD

The libel claim by north-west Leicestershire MP David Ashby against The Sunday Times is scheduled to reach the Queen’s Bench Division this week. Ashby is suing over an article which refers to “MPs second holiday with male friend” and alleges he shared a hotel bed with another man.

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