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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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Garretts' recruits boost IT division

CITY FIRM Garrett & Co has poached two City partners in a bid to revamp its IT and intellectual property (IP) division. The new recruits, partners Richard Kemp and Mark Turner, join from Hammond Suddard and Denton Hall. Garrett’s announcement comes three months after Marcus O’Leary, founder of its Reading IP section, left to set […]

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On 23 June the results of the qualified lawyers transfer test were published, giving the names of those already qualified lawyers who have successfully met the Law Society’s requirements in passing further tests to become solicitors. Those from foreign jurisdictions will then gain an additional qualification, whereas the barristers qualified in England might well be […]

Middle East group looks back on year of success

ASSISTANT under-secretary of state at the Foreign Office, Andrew Green, was guest speaker at the first anniversary event of the British Middle East Law Council (BMELC). Green, a former Ambassador to Syria, congratulated John Young, president of the council, and Ibrahim Kanaan, secretary general, on the energy and drive they have shown in establishing the […]

Barristers to give tribunal advice free

UNASSISTED appellants appearing before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will be offered free representation at preliminary hearings by specialist employment advocates. A new scheme, designed by the recently-formed Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), answers a call for assistance from EAT president Mr Justice Mummery. ELBA has formed a panel of experienced advocates who will be […]

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