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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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Cautious optimism among firms as 2015 begins

The crop of half-year results announced towards the end of 2014 were pretty positive. All those firms providing figures reported an increase of at least 3 per cent for the first six months of the current financial year, Osborne Clarke leading the way with a 17 per cent rise. That positivity is reflected in the […]

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Why this is the year to push the rule of law, not the rule of power

There are plenty of big issues on the horizon for 2015. To start with, the general election is looming, as well the prospect of a referendum on membership of the EU. And 2015 is also – if you haven’t worked this out already – the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. That the Magna Carta […]

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US online provider LegalZoom set to storm the UK with ABS licence

US online legal provider LegalZoom has gained UK regulatory approval having been licensed as an alternative business structure (ABS) by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA). LegalZoom claims to be the most recognised legal brand in the US and was co-founded in 2001 by Robert Shapiro, the former Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 18 January 2015

In our long experience any occasion is enlivened and enriched by the presence of a barrister or two It’s been the week of our annual Hot 100 photoshoot at Chez Lawyer, so we’ve had the privilege of some of the country’s top advocates rolling in one by one and entertaining us with their anecdotes for […]

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