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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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In brief: Solicitor wins review of LAB ban

Solicitor Hilda Amoo-Gottfried has been granted leave for judicial review of a decision by a Legal Aid Board London area committee banning her from the South London duty solicitor scheme. London number one committee’s decision in April 1993 was countermanded by a direction to reinstate her from the board’s national committee in April 1995. The […]

In brief: Recruits on way to Boodle Hatfield office

Boodle Hatfield says it is about to announce further appointments to its new Oxford office. The firm recently announced the arrival of partner Peter Webber and says further appointments are likely as the office approaches its first anniversary next month. Webber joined Boodle Hatfield after more than 20 years as a partner at Morrell Peel […]

'Healthy' year for trainee jobs

‘TOP UK firms have reported healthy numbers of qualifying solicitors being retained after their articles this September. A survey of the country’s top 10 firms shows a strong level of retention among qualifying solicitors, indicating an increased workload and improved confidence among major practitioners. Firms contacted report that an average of only two trainees per […]

Elaine Aarons takes a closer look at unfair dismissal rights

Elaine Aarons Press reports on the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of ex-parte Seymour-Smith and Perez have greatly exaggerated its effect. The impression is that all employees dismissed in the past, who have been employed for less than two years at the time they were dismissed, have a right to claim retrospectively for […]

In brief: Eversheds pools licensing resources

Eversheds has set up a national licensing group to co-ordinate its liquor, gaming and public entertainment licensing work. The firm has licensing lawyers in 12 offices scattered around the country. “The national group will enable us to pool our national and regional expertise for the benefit of clients,” said Bristol-based licensing specialist Jeremy Phillips.

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