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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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Clients sue Simon Olswang

Olswang senior partner Si-mon Olswang is being sued for breach of trust, breach of duty and negligence amid claims he mishandled a trust fund. The claimants – beneficiaries of the trust fund comprising nearly 250,000 shares – say Olswang’s failure to make a decision over the sale of shares in 1991 caused them to suffer […]

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The Law Society, which can finally see a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel following the appointment of Keith Vaz as Parliamentary Secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Relations between the society and the Lord Chancellor hit an all-time low following the society’s advertising campaign against the Access to Justice Bill. The […]

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The rise of solicitor-advocates, the increasing use of mediation – do they pose a real threat to commercial barristers? Susan Ward and Mark Hapgood QC discuss the future. Susan Ward is chairman of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry. One of the earliest writers on economics, Adam Smith, wrote: “Consumption is the sole […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Simon Lipson

Simon Lipson was born in 1958 in Stoke Newington. He is a solicitor and managing director of legal recruitment company Lipson Lloyd-Jones. He is also a stand-up comedian, whose new series of the Radio 5 show, Interesting… Very Interesting begins on 24 May. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Cross-country running – a stupid […]

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