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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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Judgment call: 19 March 2012

The court was entitled to refuse to recognise a Ukrainian judgment on the basis that it involved a flagrant breach of the principle of legal certainty contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 (ECHR) art.6 and, as a result, to have refused to set aside an English default judgment. Conflict of law Merchant […]

Work Life Quiz: Nicky Richmond, Brecher

What was your first-ever job? Checking the cemetery records at the local synagogue. Dull. The goings-on between the staff were far more entertaining. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? Anywhere but my room.  What’s your favourite restaurant? In my fantasy life – […]

Kon weighs in as new SJ Berwin chief

It’s the Cheltenham Festival of law firms: thoroughbreds charging through the foggy sun, underdogs giving it a go, the odd dark horse enticing a few bets. SJ Berwin’s senior partner race, however, hasn’t produced any of the surprises that would put the bookies in the red, with hot favourite Stephen Kon snatching his expected victory. […]

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Bill for Leveson Inquiry barristers hits £625,600 in first six months

The fees for the counsel advising the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics have topped £600,000, a quarterly expenditure report has revealed. Since the inquiry into press standards began six months ago, the inquiry’s core team of barristers has racked up legal fees of £536,100. The bulk of this has gone to 39 Essex Street’s Robert […]

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