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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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Sheldon 'era' ends at L&P

MARK Sheldon, ex-Law Society President and former senior partner at Linklaters & Paines, retires from the practice this week. The move marks the end of 41 years with the firm he joined in September 1953, although he remains as a consultant. Sheldon was senior partner from 1988-91 and stay-ed on as joint senior partner until […]

The 'facts' of franchising

I FEEL I must write on the subject of franchising. Having been subjected to fellow practitioners’ evangelical ramblings on the equally abhorrent subject of BS5750, I must call for my colleagues to open their eyes to the spurious debate on ‘quality’. My partner and I have practised for some 25 years from a small office […]

The Leeds fulfils legal growth plan

THE LEEDS Building Society, which is doubling the size of its in-house legal department, first considered expanding more than two years ago. But practical business developments made it difficult to take on staff who were “desperately needed”, says head of legals, Ann O’Brien. The Leeds is now recruiting three specialist lawyers to deal with insurance, […]

Tough stance taken on outsourcing work

IN-HOUSE legal departments are getting tough when it comes to outsourcing, a survey reveals. It shows that heads of legal departments are broadening the number of firms they use regularly when they out-source work and are driving down costs by negotiating better rates for their companies. The survey, carried out by recruitment consultants Taylor Root, […]

Scott becomes new vice chancellor

Lord Justice Scott, heading the inquiry into the alleged sale of arms to Iraq, has been named as the new vice-chancellor. He takes over on 1 October from Sir Donald Nicholls who has been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

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