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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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Consolidation continues as Jackson reforms take hold of claimant sector

The personal injury (PI) legal market is consolidating rapidly with three new mergers being announced yesterday. In Cheshire, Slater Heelis has has acquired two-partner personal injury firm Tarran & Co; in Bromley, Solex Legal Services is planning a tie up with MTA Solicitors and, in the north-west, Anthony Hodari’s latest acquisition is Tandem Law. It […]

Dundas partner joins Payne Hicks Beach in further construction push

Payne Hicks Beach (PHB) has hired Dundas & Wilson partner Carl Asser as part of the Lincoln’s Inn firm’s construction push follow its practice launch earlier this year. Asser’s exit from the Scottish firm’s London office emerged in March and came alongside a string of City exits including former managing partner candidate Colin Massie (12 […]

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Joining the dots of the dotted line

Contracting parties that don’t take advice on which law governs their agreement are asking for trouble Contracting parties have long had the freedom to choose which country’s laws will govern their relationship. However, in a case in the Court of Appeal (CoA) last month it was made clear that a party seeking to rely on […]

The new personal injury powerhouses

When Parabis entered The Lawyer UK200 in 2011 it boasted turnover of £100m – not bad for a firm that had only launched eleven years earlier. News of its intended merger with Greenwoods this week will move the firm closer to The Lawyer UK top 20 with a combined turnover of £150m – £90m of […]

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