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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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£477,000? Maybe we’re worth it

When it was reported in The Lawyer on Wednesday that marketing heads in top 60 law firms are paid up to £477,000, the comment boards lit up with fee-earners slamming such an apparent waste of money. My personal favourite: “Wow! Amazing that such an easy job can be rewarded so well.” (30 July 2014). Perhaps […]

No5 Chambers barristers secure planning permission for Northumberland site

Ian Dove QC and Nina Pindham from No5 Chambers have secured planning permission and a partial costs award for a site in Northumberland, which may hold the record for the most tortuous planning history. An initial hybrid application for the development of 200 residential dwellings and ancillary commercial development was refused by Northumberland County Council; […]

Emergency security legislation raises many concerns, says Eversheds

Emergency phone and internet data storage laws are set to be brought in by the UK government. According to Liz Fitzsimons, data privacy expert at Eversheds, this news will undoubtedly raise many concerns with piracy activists, while James Walsh, partner and head of telecommunications at the law firm, believes the government has a tricky balance […]

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Pay more, perform better

This week there’s more on the rumbling marketing pay row. In case you missed our news story about the £477,000 marketing directors – and the opinion article from Pinsent Masons’ director of communications Andy Peat that followed shortly afterwards – they have been fixtures in our most read stories list for the past two weeks. […]

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