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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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Corporate immigration work can be the hook that brings in the big clients. Claire Smith reports on a booming sector that City firms ignore at their peril. Julia Onslow-Cole sits relaxed at her desk, surrounded by bulging files detailing the movements of an enormous range of corporate clients. A member of the inner circle of […]

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Minutes of a partner’s meeting at The Firm to discuss allegations of serious misconduct against corporate partner Alison Brett. Pratchard: …So I advised him, deflect attention from the details of the case. When questioned in court, start ranting about MI5 killing Princess Diana, call your opponent a whore, claim Prince Philip is a German and […]

Prosecutors may be able to appeal acquittals

Attorney General, Lord Williams QC has announced that the Government has asked the Law Commission to draw up plans to allow wider rights of appeal against adverse decisions of a judge. If accepted, the Government’s plans would give English and Welsh prosecutors a right of appeal if a defendant is acquitted by a jury on […]

Wragges beats City to BA deal

Wragge & Co has triumphed over four City firms to win work advising British Airways (BA) on a major outsourcing contract. It is understood that the Birmingham-based firm secured the work after undergoing a beauty parade against Slaughter and May, Linklaters & Alliance, Simmons & Simmons and Garretts. The work involves putting together a proposal […]

Family feuds and fire

Matt Barnard reports on the Thyssen-Bornemisza family saga and the Commonwealth’s most expensive litigation. The normally closed world of some of the richest individuals and companies associated with the island of Bermuda has been prised open. Two cases have attracted global interest and drawn a large number of the UK legal community to the other […]

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