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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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UK solar PV strategy — roadmap to a brighter future

Solar photovoltaic (PV) is one of the eight key renewable energy technologies put forward by the government as part of the solution to create a clean, balanced UK energy mix. Solar projects can be developed and installed very quickly, and the fuel (solar radiation) is free. Recently, solar received the highest public-approval rating of all […]

Kuala Lumpur

39 Essex Street first in line to set up Kuala Lumpur base

London set 39 Essex Street is to set up a base in Kuala Lumpur, a move that will make it the first UK chambers to have a presence in Malaysia. 39 Essex Street has recently signed an agreement with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) to take up office space in the Sulaiman […]

A helping hand for the property market?

In its 2013 budget, the government announced various financial support plans intended to invigorate the residential property market. One of these was the Help to Buy initiative, which includes a mortgage guarantee scheme whereby lenders can offer mortgages that are guaranteed by the government. The scheme was officially launched, some three months ahead of schedule, […]

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Paperless courts: Screen savings

Technology is taking over in the courts and the early indications are that professionals are seeing the benefits Q: How can technology assist lawyers in the trial preparation process? Joanna Bromhead, partner, Bond Dickinson: On a recent large case the availability of an electronic trial bundle had significant benefits, including in relation to interpartes collaboration […]

Shoosmiths shortlisted twice for Credit Today Debt Collection Awards 2013

Shoosmiths has been shortlisted in two categories for the Credit Today Debt Collection Awards 2013, with its recoveries service group (RSG) up for Best Customer Initiative and Compliance Team of the Year. Its Best Customer Initiative submission centres on the initiative it has developed to ensure it treats fairly those client customers who are considered vulnerable. Judges will be […]

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