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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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Cocks faces disciplinary

DAVID Cocks QC is to face a disciplinary hearing over his involvement in the Roger Levitt fraud trial. Complaints against Cocks, who heads 5 King’s Bench Walk chambers, were lodged with the Bar Council last year by Levitt’s solicitor John Perry, a partner at Goldkorn Davies Mathias, and Conservative MP John Marshall. They relate to […]

Telephone answers

Arena Publishing is offering a free guide to buying telephone systems to potential purchasers. The guide includes an introduction to different telephone systems, a how-to-buy checklist, a glossary and a list of supplier details. A preview of the guide can be found on the Internet at http://www.arena-pub.co.uk/ arena/. For a free copy call 01732 458202.

Reform promised after Regis fiasco

President of the Law Society, Tony Girling, has supported calls for radical reform of the society’s financial and management structures following a damning report on its Regis computer project. An interim report by a Law Society inquiry into the project has found that inadequate financial controls and poor project management have dogged Regis ever since […]

Online law

More than 20 companies will be exhibiting products specific to the legal profession at Online Information ’96. The exhibition and conference will take place at Olympia, London from 3-5 December. Among those exhibiting will be publishers of UK and European legal information such as Sweet & Maxwell and Context. For free tickets call 01923 233442 […]

In brief: Nacro outlines crime prevention strategy

The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders has published an alternative white paper on crime. Prevention, Restoration and Reintegration argues that crime prevention should become a priority and custody seen as a last resort. It proposes an expansion of crime prevention initiatives, reintegration schemes and restoration projects which enable offenders to make […]

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