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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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Venables takes on the BBC

Terry Venables is to take on the BBC in the High Court in a libel action over jokes DJ Simon Mayo made about him on the Radio One Breakfast Show. He is to seek damages and a ban on the BBC repeating the allegations. The jokes complained of were broadcast on 21 January this year […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 11/02/97

Duty of care only owed to relevant parties (1) BCCI (Overseas) (in liquidation) (2) BCCI Holdings (Luxembourg) (in liquidation) (3) BCCI (plaintiffs) v (1) Price Waterhouse & ors (2) Ernst & Whinney & ors (defendants) (1997) Summary: An auditor does not owe a duty of care to the world at large when performing an audit.

In-house lawyers are the target of Axxia's market manoeuvres

Axxia is targeting in-house lawyers with its Arista case management application in a bid to expand its user-base. In the past, the company has concentrated on supplying law firms, but it is hoping to expand its market to include local government as well as corporate legal departments. Managing director Stuart Holden said the demand for […]

Thousand year hitch

The article “End of the millennium blues” (The Lawyer, 25 February) by consultants at BDO Stoy Hayward admirably alerts readers to the problems some computer systems will have in accommodating the four-digit date from the year 2000. All solicitors should be advising clients to include 2000 compliance warranties in new computer contracts. It concentrates on […]

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