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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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Moscow office builds up Lovells' eastern muscle

City firm Lovell White Durrant is to strengthen its Central and Eastern European practice by becoming the latest Western firm to open for business in Moscow. The practice was given the go-ahead by the Russian Ministry of Justice earlier this month, and plans to be up and and running as soon as May this year. […]

In brief: African and Caribbean society launches

The new African & Caribbean Lawyers Society will launch with a benefit event in aid of the Stephen Lawrence family’s appeal for legal aid. The group, set up under the auspices of the College of Law, is staging its first event at the Jamaican High Commission, Prince Consort Road, on Friday, 25 April, at 9pm.

The qualities of the qualified

Few cases in which Family President Sir Stephen Brown gives judgment in open court fail to make the headlines. One recently, however, did not. But from the point of view of the legal profession, it is, in the words of one lawyer involved, “a very important ruling”. The case was over the rights of the […]

Internet agencies

If 1996 was the year when Internet became the word most used without any real understanding, then 1997 may well be the year when we work it all out. Last year, Internet panic swept through the travel industry as companies wondered and worried about the effect of this new medium. One moment an ugly rumour […]

Colin Joseph on how litigators can offer alternatives to litigation

We hear much nowadays of alternative dispute resolution. It is normally assumed that this involves the intervention of an outside party, such as a mediator, to facilitate a successful outcome. Certainly litigators should be flexible enough to apply these methods where appropriate. But they must also be prepared to use their own imagination and negotiating […]

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