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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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Pest litigation breeds like rabbits

The refusal of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) to acknowledge the existence of a Rabbit Clearance Order goes some way to explaining why landowners – who estimate that rabbits cause about #100m worth of damage to their land every year – have reached the end of their tether. The Rabbit Clearance Order […]

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Lawyers praying for the downfall of their nemesis, the Lord Chancellor, can now put money on him losing his job. City Index has come up with a points system evaluating the political survival of Labour Cabinet members. In a complicated betting system, the message is clear – Lord Irvine is not considered a hot survival […]

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The future of the youth courts pilot hangs in the balance as criminal solicitors’ demand extra cash from the Legal Aid Board (LAB). The LAB is inviting all law firms currently taking part in the criminal law block contracting pilot to participate in its proposed youth courts pilot, and is offering a financial incentive to […]

Carr swerves to avoid the barrage of publicity

Christopher Carr QC is the master of understatement. His submission in one legal directory startlingly reveals that he is based at One Essex Court and is recommended for commercial litigation, energy and utilities. There is no mention of his career development, professional memberships or personal interests. In fact there is very little information about him […]

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