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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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Morgan Cole chairman hands over reins

MORGAN Cole chairman John Bowen, who steered his firm through the merger last year, is to step down. Morgan Bruce, Bowen’s former firm, merged with Cole & Cole in November as part of a bid to dominate the M4 corridor. He is handing over his co-chairmanship to Guy Clarke, former managing partner at Morgan Bruce. […]

Case of the week

If ever there was a case for reform of the House of Lords, Home Secretary Jack Straw has found it. Straw had doubtless been fervently hoping that the Law Lords would quietly dispose of the small matter of having to decide whether to extradite former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to Spain on human rights […]

Partners on the move…

Phillip Wood and David Sterrett are to become partners with London firm Maxwell Batley on the 31 March. Wood, now the firm’s specialist in employment law will become head of the cross-departmental employment unit. He joined Maxwell Batley in 1991. Sterrett, who joined the firm last year has been moved to extend the firm’s private […]

Suit leaves public bodies exposed

A RECENT Court of Appeal decision could open the floodgates for claims against public bodies previously regarded as “time barred”, according to lawyers acting in the case. The decision came in the case of Matra Communication SAS v the Home Office, which centred on the rights of the French company Matra to sue the Home […]

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