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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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Profits shrink as growth continues

The Lawyer/Pricewaterhouse Coopers1998 survey reveals some worrying trends, say Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall. Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall lead the Pricewaterhouse Coopers professional partnerships’ group and specialise in providing accounting, tax and business consultancy services to law firms. Over recent years, the annual survey has traced the industry’s progress towards improved financial management. This […]

President of the court of last resort

Veronica Cowan tests Legal Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham’s faith in the self-regulatory complaints system. Veronica Cowan is a freelance journalist. For clients unhappy with the performance of their lawyer, Ann Abraham is the court of last resort. As legal Services ombudsman she sits somewhat uncomfortably between a profession frustrated by complaints, and clients and consumer […]

Judge questions Gouldens' evidence in fee claim case

A High Court judge has thrown out the evidence given by Gouldens’ head of company commercial Max Thorneycroft in support of the firm’s bid to force a company director to pay up to £200,000 in fees. In a judgment which effectively scotches Gouldens’ attempts to force entrepreneur Robin Herd to pay up the money, Judge […]

No more “fortress Bar'?

Jon McLeod offers the Bar advice on its public relations. Jon McLeod is director of PR consultancy Shandwick, one of the company’s bidding for the Bar Council’s contract. The transformation of the Government from the maker of reassuring noises over the Bar’s future into an administration which is intent on gnawing at the roots of […]

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