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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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Merricks takes partners from Lewis Silkin

NICHE insurance and construction litigation firm Merricks has profited from Lewis Silkin’s continued restructuring by taking two insurance partners to launch a new London office. The two partners, Dennis Wilkins and Jonathan Suckling, joined existing Merricks partners Tim Hunt and Robert Muskath in opening the London office last month. Merricks, which has rapidly expanded since […]

Lawyers at play

Sisters Michelle and Sara Brody, who are trainee solicitors at Newcastle-upon-Tyne firm Dickinson Dees, moonlight as fashion models by trying on the new Costelloe range by Paul Costelloe for the firm’s first autumn fashion show to be held on 6 October. The show is being hosted in conjunction with Charlie Bear for Cancer Care – […]

Mediation scarce in Yorkshire

Nearly two thirds of Yorkshire’s top 500 companies have never been offered the option of mediation by their solicitors. This is despite the fact that 98 per cent of them thought that courts should encourage mediation before a dispute reaches court – and 72 per cent thought mediation would have a role in litigation in […]

SFO must share delay blame

Neil Micklethwaite says attack on defence lawyers is unjust. Neil Micklethwaite is head of litigation at Dibb Lupton Alsop. The attack by Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Rosalind Wright on the delaying tactics of defence lawyers in fraud trials – reported on the City page two weeks ago in The Lawyer was unjustified and inaccurate. […]

In brief: Beachcrofts and Wansbroughs vote on merger

Partners at Beachcroft Stanleys and Wansbrough Willey Hargrave were understood last week to be voting on the final details of the proposed merger between the two firms. Lord Hunt of Wirral, Beachcrofts’ senior partner, would not confirm that the vote was taking place but said: “We are closer to a final decision. The discussions have […]

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