Litigation Recent Decisions 27/09/94

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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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Black set questions still remain

QUESTIONS still need to be asked about the expulsion of a black “ghetto chambers” by Lincoln’s Inn in the summer, according to a bar anti-racism campaigner Elpha Lecointe. The chambers of Yosefaly Serugo-Lugo was expelled from its rented premises at 9 Stone Buildings when its debts to the Inn rose above u38,000. At the time, […]

Solicitors vital to the business world

Solicitors form an integral part of the business world and make a significant contribution to the commercial sector, Law Society President Charles Elly said at an Institute of Directors meeting last week. Despite the fact that legal advice could be crucial to the success of a venture, some companies still neglected to take it. The […]

Social policy vs free market

I refer to a recent Litigator’s View (The Lawyer, 16 June). Jonathan Moore of Hammond Suddards suggests that the case brought by Tommy Hilfiger against Tesco relates to exhaustion of trade mark rights, a general issue which was tackled on 16 July when the European Court of Justice gave judgment in the Silhouette case. We […]

clsa set to launch barristers' charter

Criminal lawyers were due to launch a barristers’ charter at the weekend to improve standards and to cut down on last-minute changes in counsel. The proposal put foward by Manchester solicitor Michael Hopkinson, of Bridgwood & Hopkinson, at a conference of the Criminal Lawyers Solicitors Association (CLSA), follows a report on Bar standards which highlighted […]

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