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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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TRAINEE solicitors have won their battle to maintain the minimum salary for trainees after a decisive Law Society vote in its favour. Training committee chair Roger Jones last week told members of the Law Society’s Council of significant support for the salary by his committee. A vote on keeping the wage, which the Trainee Solicitors’ […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: James Barnes

James Barnes is a property partner at the City firm Herbert Smith. He was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1955 and now lives in Blackheath, London. What was your first job? Window cleaner. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £94.76 a month (after tax and deductions) as an articled clerk. What […]

Sentencing council plan by penal reform group

A NEW Sentencing Council is proposed as part of a radical package of reforms unveiled last week by the Penal Affairs Consortium pressure group. The council would consist of senior judiciary figures and operate as part of the Court of Appeal, the group says. Regular guidelines would be issued to courts to ensure that offences […]

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Reading property company Dares Estates was advised by Halliwell Landau on a rights issue, a major group reorganisation, a share capital reconstruction and group borrowing arrangements, as well as the acquisition of a number of properties and two companies, for a total of £23m.

Lord Chancellor's white paper

Lawyers are needed There is a heavy anti-lawyer slant in the Lord Chancellor’s divorce white paper. The agenda seems to be ‘get the lawyers out and the mediators in’. But much of the reason for the presence of lawyers in matrimonial work is because the current system encouraged, if not required it. The proposed change […]

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