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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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David Ansbro – High flyer with his feet on the ground

Chris Fogarty talks to David Ansbro, Eversheds’ ‘Mr Nice Guy’ who heads up the Leeds and Manchester offices. Coronation Street has never seen a party quite like it. A month ago, on the cobbled stones of the most famous soap opera street in the world, regulars Ken Barlow and Rita Fairclough mingled with 1,000 Eversheds […]

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CWS, formerly known as the Co-operative Wholesale Society – the subject of entrepreneur Andrew Regan’s failed hostile takeover last year – has appointed Nick Eyre as its company secretary. Eyre is currently general counsel at Bristol & West.

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Jonathan Hull has been appointed group legal director and company secretary at theatrical and concert production company, the Really Useful Group. Hull joined the company from Denton Hall in 1991 as legal and business affairs manager.

Drug abuse can strike anywhere

“Drugs? No that couldn’t happen in our house. We would know about it instantly. Thus spake a lawyer to a friend. His wife, subdued, rang the friend the following day to say that she had found drugs paraphernalia under her own son’s bed on returning home. Drug abuse is a problem that can affect any […]

SIF chair is far from 'jubilant'

THE lead story “SIF fudge infuriates City firms” (The Lawyer, 29 September) described my mood as “jubilant” following the council meeting. My mood was far from jubilant. I was encouraged by the support shown for mutuality, but am conscious that much is to be done as we investigate offering choice in how the profession purchases […]

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