Litigation Recent Decisions 09/04/96

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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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Irish invite budding judges to submit CVs

ADVERTISEMENTS are appearing in the Irish Republic’s national media, inviting members of the legal profession interested in becoming judges to submit their CVs for consideration. So far, 15 vacancies have been advertised: three in the Supreme Court, two in the High Court, seven in the Circuit Court and three in the Disctrict Court. The first […]

In brief: Thieving solicitor has sentence cut

A Sussex solicitor who stole over £5 million of clients’ money had his sentence cut from 10 years to eight by the Criminal Appeal Court last week. Graham Maurice Durnford Ford, 53, from Battle in East Sussex, was sentenced to 10 years last December on 10 sample counts of theft. Hastings firm Durnford Ford collapsed […]

Solicitors 'too slow' in taking fees

SOLICITORS are too slack about collecting fees, say their financial directors. The indictment comes after the release of a study that says law firms could save millions of pounds a year by reducing their bank interest charges through better management of work in progress and credit control. According to the latest study from the Centre […]

QBD cases pending

Cases pending in the Queen’s Bench Division jury list include: Western Provident Association v Norwich Union Healthcare & anor; British Coal Corporation v National Union of Mineworkers & anor; Penry v Drake & anor; Reynolds v Times Newspapers & ors; Morgan v Melling & anor; Newman v MGN (not before 15 July 1996); Thoday & […]

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