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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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Law Soc defends confidentiality

Law firms no longer face the onerous task under money laundering rules of providing banks with proof of identity of clients for whom they hold money in client and trust accounts. This important concessionwas won by the Law Society in talks last week with the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), over what has been a growing […]

DEFENCE CUTS

Defence cuts have seen the army legal team cut in size but it continues to bear up well to the squeeze. Army Legal Services (ALS) now has 53 lawyers. Before Options for Change – the services’ fundamental review – swung into action, the number was 58. But the aim of the cuts is to shave […]

Flotations

Eurovein was advised by Shoosmiths & Harrison on its u23m flotation

Firms challenge LAB choice

Four law firms are applying for a judicial review of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) following a wrangle over who should co-ordinate a multi-party action. The four firms, which have formed a steering committee for vibration white finger (VWF) claims against British Coal, are challenging the board’s decision to grant generic legal aid work to […]

Advice from DPP under the spotlight

Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC and High Court judge John Chadwick QC could be called to provide affidavits and oral evidence to the Court of Appeal concerning their role in advising the Serious Fraud Office in the first Guinness trial. As senior members of the prosecution team, they are understood to have advised […]

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