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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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Drought/Libel. Showing up the cracks

This summer’s prolonged drought has put the Water Resources Act 1991 under the spotlight. Lewis Denton wonders how well it stands up to close scrutiny The unprecedented drought conditions this summer have caused a number of problems for householders, gardeners and local authorities. They have also caused confusion in the legal profession. While the prompt […]

Merger must come top of the agenda

Merger mania has once more hit the legal profession. According to the Smith & Williamson survey which contacted 35 partnerships of varying sizes, 86 per cent of firms have made an approach or been approached by another firm to discuss merger or acquisition. All the firms surveyed which have between 11 and 49 partners, have […]

Freshfields reshuffle puts Salz in top post

ANTHONY Salz, the high profile head of Freshfields’ corporate department, is to become the City firm’s new senior partner. Salz takes over from John Grieves, who is due to retire. Grieves has been a partner at the firm since 1964 and held the top job for the last five years. The firm says that the […]

Professional help

For the most part, UK law firms with more than 25 partners will either have already taken the decision to hire professional help to assist with their marketing, or have it on the agenda. But firms sometimes bring professional marketing expertise on board without having first worked out what they want. Unless the firm has […]

Bar Council clears libel lawyer of misconduct

John Malpas reports A LEADING libel lawyer has been cleared by the Bar Council following a plaintiff’s charge that he pursued an unmeritorious action against him to earn a fee. The Bar Council’s professional conduct committee dismissed the complaint against James Price QC after deciding that there was no evidence of professional misconduct over his […]

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