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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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Software for Solicitors

More than 300 people visited the the Software for Solicitors Exhibition at the Bristol Marriot Hotel on 4-5 March, the highest number for four years. The exhibition is the sister show of the Solicitors and Legal Office exhibition at the Barbican in June.

In brief: The Lawyer holds 'know-how' conference

The Lawyer is holding the first annual “know-how” conference for lawyers, “Knowledge Management Within Law Firms”, on 29 April at the London Marriott Hotel. For more information or booking ring 0171 970 4770.

White & Case is first Kazakhstan licensee

White & Case has become the first foreign law firm to be licensed in Kazakhstan under rules issued by the Kazakh Ministry of Justice last year. The Ministry’s Agency for the Registration of Immovable Property and Legal Entities granted the licence to the firm’s subsidiary in Almaty, White & Case Kazakhstan LLP. The firm has […]

City Disputes Panel under fire over Barings settlement

Barings bondholders are set to receive a pay-off of £190m under a settlement plan unveiled last week but one lawyer described the two-year conciliation process which brought it about as a “shambles”. If approved by bondholders, the settlement hammered out by the City Disputes Panel (CDP), which was asked by the Barings liquidators to conciliate […]

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