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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 ABA conference will play host to the former chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff who will be speaking on ‘The management of crisis and change’. The former White House press secretary may impart useful information gleaned from a recent stint with President Clinton. As Clinton is aware, the media plays a dominant […]

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City lawyers acting for Barings creditor groups are assessing the chances for litigation following publication of the ‘Report of the Board of Banking Supervision Inquiry into the Circumstances of the Collapse of Barings’. One lawyer acting for an action group of City institutions says the report raises the possibility for suing certain Barings directors, auditors […]

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John Dickey, a US attorney, casts an envious glance at the ceremony and traditions at the heart of the English Bar The US received its common law and procedure from England but rejected the pomp, ceremony and costumery associated with the dispensation of UK justice. Not for New World advocates silk or stuff gowns, horsehair […]

Burmah job losses

THREE in-house lawyers have lost their jobs after the team was disbanded following the £83 million sale of Burmah’s petrol retailing arm. Burmah Petroleum Fuel’s two solicitors and departmental head Nick Scott were not re-employed when the business was sold by parent company Burmah to the Frost Group. The blow follows a period of uncertainty, […]

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