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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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No5 Chambers’ Michelle Heeley prosecutes in Stirchley attempted murder case

No5 Chambers’ Michelle Heeley has prosecuted in the case of Leon Harrison, 32, from Selly Oak, who has been jailed for life after stabbing his pregnant former partner, Jana Cartwright, eight times. Weeks prior to the attack, Miss Cartwright had obtained a non-molestation order and made it clear their relationship was over; however, she agreed to meet […]

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When UK firm Stephenson Harwood announced in September that it was reducing its China presence the move seemed counterintuitive. Even though CEO Sharon White said the move was prompted by the fact “the legal landscape in China has changed considerably”, it did not appear entirely logical to be retracting at a time when other firms […]

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co guides RGE Energy on solar sell-off

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s solar energy specialists have advised RGE Energy UK (RGE) on a further transaction — the disposal of a 12MW solar PV project. Utah-based renewable energy provider sPower and UK solar developer Camborne Capital jointly acquired the site in Pembrokeshire, Wales. A multi-disciplinary team, led by corporate director and energy specialist Gareth Baker, advised […]

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