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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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Courts: the ideal family day out

STEP back in time visit an English court. Five of the country’s most historic court buildings will be taking part in Heritage Open Days to show off the nation’s architectural and cultural treasures. Chester Crown Court, Exeter Combined Court Centre, Lincoln Combined Court Centre, Newcastle Law Courts and York Crown Court will be dispensing with […]

Free pension advice all round

The Solicitors’ Staff Pension Fund (SSPF) will provide free pension advice to lawyers in half-hour consultations at the Law Society this month. The clinics, organised in conjunction with the London Young Solicitors Group, will be held on 7 and 13 September. SSPF representatives will provide individual advice between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Contact Clare Jones at […]

Group advises on laundering training

A training programme from the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group on new government regulations, similar to those used by the financial sector, has been produced for solicitors . It comprises a video explaining how money is laundered, the regulations and impact on solicitors, computer-based training including testing, and a staff guide for reference and reinforcement. […]

Lawyer quits Far East for Nabarros in Sheffield

FORMER Richards Butler solicitor Charles Reynard has left the firm’s Hong Kong practice to join Nabarro Nathanson’s new Sheffield office. Reynard, who moved to Hong Kong six years ago as a founding member of Alsop Wilkinson’s branch in the colony, returns as a senior company and commercial solicitor. While practising in the Far East he […]

Eversheds

With an up-front policy against predatory bidding and a commitment to training local authorities in the legalities of CCT, Leeds firm Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick has secured itself a safe niche in the public sector market. One of the few practices to pledge not to tender, Eversheds has a growing reputation as the private practice […]

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