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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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Sold to the highest bidder

It is always the chattels that cause the greatest number of headaches. This is the often-heard comment of solicitors or executors dealing with a deceased’s estate. The damaged, the dirty and the gaudy may be hidden gems or may be just what they appear to be – tiresome bulk to be disposed of. It is […]

'We're not just sipping Claret'

Running the Bar Council in 1995 has been like running the country – big ideas on marketing, modernising and foreign policy, and those on the home front still complain. Rank and file barristers continue to express fears over their future in the face of competition and concern that the council appears not to be heeding […]

Cole flies to US practice

CITY firm Stephenson Harwood is losing high-profile litigation partner Margaret Cole, who has resigned to develop a new litigation practice at the London office of international US firm White & Case. Cole’s departure is seen as a significant loss to Stephenson Harwood. Her assistant, Richard Banforth, is also leaving. “They will be sorry to see […]

Who's sorry now?

There have been few times in the past when the valuing profession has been the subject of such intense scrutiny by the courts. Writ after writ seems to be issued by lenders whose loans of the late 1980s have gone into default and who have only been able to realise the security property at a […]

In brief: Taylor Joynson Garrett sues Touche Ross

The partners of City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett are suing leading accountants Touche Ross for damages for breach of contract and negligence over reports to the Law Society. The writ, just issued for the firm in the High Court by London firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, centres on the accountancy firm’s compilation of a report to […]

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