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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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BLP prepares to take over Thames Water’s legal function

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London litigation boutique Cubism Law has hired David Buckle from Thames Valley firm BP Collins to launch its ­employment practice. The move comes just weeks after it hired consultants Karen Pollock from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Peter Zombory-Moldovan from City firm Squire & Co for its new ­insurance ­practice. Cubism Law does not operate on […]

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Simmons mulls Ireland launch after EU directive

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Focus: Diversity, Power to the pupils

Law firms are missing a trick by focusing their diversity schemes mainly on university students rather than A-level pupils. Lawyer 2B’s careers day helps out It is not every day that you hear students ask for extra work. It is probably even rarer to hear them request to retake an exam that they have already […]

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