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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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‘Sponsored editorial’ is blurring the boundaries between journalism and advertorial. Simon Rogers asks, does it matter? That article on international construction work by a well-known City practice, how is it paid for? Readers might guess that the law firm had provided it free of charge to the magazine at the editor’s request from a recognised […]

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Banco Exterior de Espana, advised by Eversheds in London, has sold the 125-year leasehold on its City headquarters at 9 King St for u2.7m to Abchurch Properties, advised by Davies Arnold Cooper.

Discussions in secret

At its last session the Council of the Law Society met in camera to determine its views on the future of conveyancing. Since the public and legal press were excluded the only information we have was contained in a news-managed report in last week’s Law Society Gazette which stated that the council “had confounded expectations […]

Don't sell yourself short

The legal profession has come rather late to the marketing party, but it’s catching up quickly, as Robert Grey discovers Lawyers have only recently embraced marketing. The profession has lagged behind others – in part because of historical restrictions on advertising – at a time when the need to promote and position your firm in […]

Opportunity knocks

You could be forgiven for thinking that the outlook for most law firms was bleak. However, research by Lambda Consultancy, involving 112 law firms and 320 clients, suggests there is plenty of opportunity for the enterprising law firm. Almost 90 per cent of solicitors’ clients interviewed said their solicitors did not market their firms’ services […]

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