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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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Sinclair Roche appoints new Far East partner

CITY firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley has appointed a new head of its pioneering Far Eastern operations. Finance and banking partner Ian Gaunt, who moves from London to Hong Kong, will co-ordinate the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Hanoi – where Sinclair Roche & Temperley was the first UK firm to open […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 08/11/94

PAUL IAN ANDREWS, 41, admitted 1977, practised as Symons, Croydon, Surrey, fined u2,000 and ordered to pay u650 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client money for own purposes, failed to deliver accountants reports on time, failed to comply with solicitors investment business (SIB) rules. Andrews in his submissions to tribunal accepted he had acted “extremely […]

Bar Council sets 10% fees cap

THE BAR Council has set a cap on barristers’ conditional fees at 10 per cent even though the Lord Chancellor will allow a maximum of 100 per cent. The cap was set as part of the Bar’s draft terms of engagement for counsel. To protect the public, the Bar is also likely to propose that […]

Memorial service for Denton Hall partner

A memorial service for Denton Hall partner Andrew Nitch-Smith will be held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street at midday on Wednesday 16 November. Nitch-Smith, one of the firm’s leading litigation partners, died on 30 April this year aged 41.

UK firms soar into top 10 list

SLAUGHTER and May and Freshfields have soared into the list of the world’s top 10 law firms. Last year Slaughters had 581 fee earners and was the world’s 18th largest firm, according to International Financial Law Review. This year the publication reports that the firm has 692 and is ninth in the table. Freshfields increased […]

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