New sentencing guidelines for environmental offences will be used from 1 July 2014

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Hacking trial: Kingsley Napley client Brooks acquitted, DLA client Coulson guilty

Former News of the World (NotW) editor, DLA Piper client Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking charges while Rebekah Brooks, who was represented by Kingsley Napley partner Angus McBride, has been acquitted. The pair were among seven defendants on trial, which included Brooks’ husband Charlie, her PA Cheryl Carter, former NotW managing […]

City AM reports on Collyer Bristow’s hire of Christopher Rennie-Smith

City AM has reported on Christopher Rennie-Smith’s move to Collyer Bristow’s intellectual property (IP) team. Rennie-Smith has spent the last 15 years working as a senior judge of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, and will be joining the firm as a consultant in June. Along with a wealth of IP experience, he brings […]

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The majority of law firms have no stress management initiatives in place, a survey conducted by The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B has revealed. Over half – 55 per cent – of all respondents to the Stress in Law survey said their firm had no stress management initiatives at all. Just 17 per cent of the […]

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