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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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Kicking the tyres on lateral hires

One of my very good friends is something of an expert on classic cars (and a damned good lawyer to boot), and over a glass of Malbec the other day – we got onto the subject of lateral partner recruitment and how the partner market was quite similar to the classic car market. “Eh?” I […]

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Should workers lose their most basic employment rights?

Employment lawyers have been struggling to keep up with policy developments lately.  Three weeks ago I wrote here about a government decision to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from one year to two.  Two weeks ago Sue Ashtiany wrote about government plans to require claimants pay fees to bring a claim in […]

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The Savoy Grill

Offered the Savoy Grill to review, I jumped at it. I was thinking about the Savoy of old, of course, a place of legend.  A grown up sort of a place, somewhere you might be taken by your kindly uncle, up from the country to visit his stockbroker and who would repair afterwards to his […]

Are parent companies safe from the actions of their subsidiaries?

The recent case of Chandler v Cape provides a stark warning to parent companies that they cannot expect to divorce themselves entirely from the actions of their subsidiaries. The law has developed beyond the Solomon principle of the corporate veil, with the new line of authority suggesting even when the company structure is entirely legitimate, […]

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