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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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Call for pause for surgeons

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Crime practices in eleventh-hour franchise race

TWO OF the highest-profile firms dealing in white collar crime are racing to put in applications for legal aid franchises. Without the franchises, law firms will not be allowed to bid for legal aid work under exclusive contracting to be introduced in 2000. The London offices of Burton Copeland and Kingsley Napley have yet to […]

Peter Carey looks at the new Data Protection Act 1998.

Peter Carey is senior lecturer at Guildford College of Law. Any solicitor worth their salt must be equipped to advise clients on their radically altered responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998, which establishes a new regime for the processing of personal data. The new legislation, repealing the 1984 Act ushers in fundamental changes to […]

LAB staff face huge pay cuts

THE Legal Aid Board (LAB) is threatening to slash pay among its senior staff, according to an internal report leaked to The Lawyer. The First Division Association (FDA) union is accusing the LAB of planning to freeze the salaries of existing staff until inflation decreases their value by 30 per cent, and of introducing lower […]

In brief: The Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board is due to launch its multi-party action panel today. Only law firms showing a designated level of experience, expertise and adequate resources in dealing with group actions will be admitted.

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