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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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Employment partner joins 15 Old Square

NORTON Rose employment partner Melanie Tether is leaving the practice to become a pupil barrister at 15 Old Square. Tether, who joined the firm seven years ago, will start a six-month pupillage in March at the chambers of John Melville Williams QC. The chambers, which has been involved in the mineworkers and dockers’ disputes, is […]

Bar Council sets 10% fees cap

THE BAR Council has set a cap on barristers’ conditional fees at 10 per cent even though the Lord Chancellor will allow a maximum of 100 per cent. The cap was set as part of the Bar’s draft terms of engagement for counsel. To protect the public, the Bar is also likely to propose that […]

Wilde Sapte brings in the Americans

CITY firm Wilde Sapte has bucked the market trend by taking on a team of US lawyers to run its new Lloyd’s office. Investigative insurance law-yer Adrian Mecz has been recruited as a partner from New York firm Bigham Englar Jones Houston. Wilde Sapte takes on the US firm’s entire London team including litigator Christopher […]

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