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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Weil Gotshals severs links with Nabarros

UK NEWCOMER Weil, Gotshal & Manges has cut ties with its London associates Nabarro Nathanson. But both firms maintain the split was amicable, claiming there will be limited competition between the two. Nabarro’s senior partner David Bramson said the practice, which first established links with the New York firm five years ago, would not enter […]

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Did Lloyd’s conceal the nature and scale of liabilities arising from asbestos claims, and thereby mislead the market? Evidence culled from the reports of US law firms combined with insiders’ information and Lloyd’s own statistics suggest this may be the case, say some lawyers. If this were proved the disastrous consequences for Lloyd’s would be […]

Government must clarify future of CPS, say staff

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