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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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Disabled Crime Victims. Acting on injustice

Whether our legal system fails learning-disabled victims of crime is something which most lawyers have probably never even considered. After all, very few cases involving victims with learning difficulties ever get to court. But why these victims are so often exiled from the legal system is a question now being addressed in a play produced […]

Tax adviser rejoins Simmons

Edward Troup has rejoined Simmons & Simmons as head of tax strategy after two years as special adviser to Kenneth Clarke at the Treasury. Troup, who was head of corporate tax at Simmons until 1995, advised Clarke on the 1995 and 1996 budgets, and also worked closely with the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & […]

Chinese and WTO debate the rights of foreign firms

AN EASING of the restrictions imposed on foreign lawyers by China may be on the horizon as the protracted negotiations over its application to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) draw to a close. China and the WTO are understood by The Lawyer to be near to agreement on China’s application to join the body. […]

Time for Glasnost at the Bar

The Bar Council has had its critics over the years, but no right-minded barrister has ever dared to compare it with the Kremlin under Soviet rule. Until now, that is. Veteran democracy campaigner Robin de Wilde QC made such a comparison at the Bar Council’s AGM on 14 June. He was speaking during a heated […]

Bar subscriptions

The Government may intervene to ensure barristers pay their subscriptions to the Bar Council, treasurer Michael Blair QC has warned. “It’s possible that we may need the Government to legislate to put our finances on the same sound footing as other similar organisations,” Blair told the Bar Council Annual General meeting on 14 June. Last […]

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