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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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Who needs more tests?

The Law Society Working Party on Standards is playing a valuable role in exploring options to ensure professional standards are maintained. However, the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) has some concerns about the recent proposals for the introduction of another layer of entry tests to the profession. The maintenance of standards in the profession is in […]

Herald in the New Year

Tulkinghorn refers in his diary (The Lawyer, 9 January 1996) to two stories from “Aberdeen paper The Herald”. Is this by any chance related to the well-known Glasgow paper The Herald, which until recently had the word ‘Glasgow’ in the title? I’m sure I read the same stories in the latter publication when home for […]

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SJ Berwin & Co advised British Land Co in its placing and open offer to raise £222.5 million. Allen & Overy advised brokers to the issue

Conquest broadens family panel

THE INDEPENDENT Family & Mediation Panel will be launched by Conquest Legal Marketing at a series of free seminars in February. Launched exclusively to members of the National Solicitors’ Network in 1995 and now open to non-member firms, the Independent Family & Mediation initiative encourages the use of mediation in the divorce process by supporting […]

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