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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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Fisher Meredith wins after ad ban

LAW FIRM Fisher Meredith has won compensation after controversial advertisements were banned from London Underground. Two posters were outlawed because London Underground feared they were sending out an anti-police message. The first poster was banned last November. It advertised Fisher Meredith’s actions against the police force. But a second poster, advertising the London law firm’s […]

Law Soc staff face huge pay cuts in new regime

Law Society staff are facing massive pay cuts and potential job losses as the society enforces a revised pay scheme. The salary system, drawn up by Hay Management Consultants, which is also responsible for the current pay and conditions structure at the Legal Aid Board, also makes provision for “external career counselling services” for those […]

In brief: McGrath & Co

McGrath & Co, the Birmingham legal aid firm, has lost four partners after they left to form a new firm specialising in housing law and advising travellers. The Community Law Partnership – which includes partners Chris Esdaile, Chris Johnson, Rosaleen Kilbane and Mike McIlvaney – has set up shop in the city centre.

Scots slam fixed fees in criminal cases

Scottish lawyers have attacked the Scottish Office’s changes to fixed fees for criminal legal aid, saying the payments do not make provision for complex cases. The fixed payment system for legal aid in summary cases – originally proposed in a Scottish Office’s consultation paper in October – was increased after responses to the paper were […]

Battle in the High Court

The future of a High Court battle in which the Canada Trust Company is suing Wolfgang Stolzenberg president and chief executive of the Castor Group over alleged malpractice and fraud is to be decided by the House of Lords. Stolzenberg is fighting a long-running battle to block action in the English courts claiming he is […]

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