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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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LAB did not 'drag heels'

Your report on the Bar’s survey of legal aid payments to barristers, “LAB drags its heels over payments”, and especially its headline, was misleading (The Lawyer, 9 August 1994). The Bar survey did not show that the Legal Aid Board “drags its heels over payment”. This was not surprising as it was not a survey […]

North west recruitment crisis

ONLY one of the 200 trainee barristers applying to Liverpool-based Exchange Chambers can hope for pupillage there next year. And only one out of 250 applicants for a place at the Manchester office of Davies Arnold Cooper will get the job. The figures make alarming reading for lawyers wishing to work in the north-west. Roger […]

Figures show legal aid cuts

THE LORD Chancellor has been accused of breaking promises after budget figures revealed cuts in planned legal aid expenditure. Cash set aside for the next two years has been trimmed back by about five per cent. The budget statistics also reveal a u70 million underspend for 1993-94 which legal aid lawyers say is due to […]

First class cricket

Reading Mary Heaney’s piece in The Lawyer 27 September 1994, took my mind back 30 years to a time when, as a schoolboy, I was avidly studying ‘Wisden’ and other works on cricket and taking an interest in all the names which appeared, including those of batsmen from the universities. The name of FW Neate […]

Flather warns of ethnic division

SOCIETY is facing “huge dangers of fragmentation” over ethnic minority issues, according to lawyer and leading race relations campaigner Baroness Flather. Delivering the 1994 Kapila Lecture on the theme of ‘diversity within unity’, hosted last week by the Council of Legal Education, Flather outlined her personal assessment of being British and of the British stereotype. […]

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