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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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A woman who claims she suffered a stroke after being given medical treatment is taking Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust to the High Court. The court will hear that Marie Green, 49, is slowly recovering from the stroke, but is still unable to go out by herself and needs help with cooking and shopping. […]

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Matheu Swallow reveals the top five silks at the administrative and public bar and what it is that that got them there. Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC Blackstone Chambers Called to the bar: 1963 Appointed QC: 1Professional achievements/associations: Baron, Life Peer, 1993; special adviser to Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins) 1974-76; Standing Commission on Human […]

White & Case plans return to Jakarta

White & Case has taken a partner from disintegrating Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke in order to re-establish a presence in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Loeffs partner Theodore Bakker was based at Indonesian law firm Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro (ABNR). A Loeffs insider says Bakker’s move to US law firm White & Case was directly […]

Kemp & Co Announce Bumper Turnover Increase

Niche IT firm, Kemp & Co has announced a whopping 68 per cent growth in fee income in its second year of practice. Turnover increased from ?0.8m to ?1.4m at the City based firm, which this week announced the launch of two new practice areas. Sarah Porter was poached from Eversheds at the beginning of […]

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