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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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Bid for global domination

Nicole Maley examines the work of the Alliance of European Lawyers and its fresh approach to cross-border business Royex House has long proven to be an influential address in the world of international law. The high-rise eyrie, looking out over the City of London, was once the headquarters of Clifford Chance, the UK’s top international […]

Litigation Writs 07/03/95

Rushmoor Borough Council is being sued by Sonya Padgett, from Aldershot, who trades as Quality House Reproductions. She is seeking damages for wrongful interference with her goods and excessive distress from non-domestic rates. She is also seeking damages for alleged trespass to her property and a court order banning further such action by the council. […]

Planes, trains and automobiles

Lynne Curry looks at how various regional firms tackle the problems of conducting their business across the country Regional law firms, like their City counterparts, are looking for ways to top and tail their travel budgets. Flights are only used when absolutely necessary and many firms frown on first class train travel unless lawyers are […]

Palmer Wheeldon signs up for employee hotline

A LAW firm has teamed up with its local chamber of commerce to encourage companies to sign up to a free legal advice hotline for employees. Small to medium size companies are being targeted in the scheme, believed to be unique, run jointly by solicitors Palmer Wheeldon and the Cambridge and District Chamber of Commerce. […]

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