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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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The start of 1997 has not been good for personnel managers at law firms. First came the Freshfields trainee, Katherine Cawthorn, suing her firm for loss of career and claiming sex discrimination in the way she was treated on a business trip to Africa. Then there were details in the national press of young solicitor […]

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FAMILY solicitor Madeleine Parker (pictured right), the former head of London firm Russell-Cooke Potter and Chap- man’s family department, has joined Sutton Coldfield niche matrimonial practice Benussi & Co. Parker, who is a member of the Solicitors’ Family Law Association’s children’s committee, joins Benussi & Co after leaving her former firm to settle in the […]

Wider interest in Kleinwort swaps case

A case which will be closely scrutinised by local authorities which become involved in interest rate swaps is now heading for the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given leave for Kleinwort Benson to continue its fight for the right to seek repayment of money it paid to three local authorities under a swaps […]

Blair in bid to raise debate on court fees rise

Tony Blair has stepped into the debate over the Government’s decision to increase civil court fees by employing a procedural device to get the issue debated in Parliament. It is, however, highly unlikely that the Labour leader will be able to use the device, known as “laying a prayer”, to force a vote on the […]

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