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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: Lord Chancellor warned on premiums

Premier legal expenses insurer Abbey Legal Protection has warned the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, that the poor must receive help to pay for their premiums. It says either a continuing legal aid scheme will have to help poorer litigants or the solicitors must include the cost in their fees – and be prepared to write […]

Dutch-Belgian firm DSH opens Dusseldorf office

Dutch-Belgian firm DSH Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau has become the third international firm – after Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance – to establish a permanent base in Dusseldorf. From the start of next year, Ton Heebing, a dual Dutch-German-qualified partner in the firm’s Arnheim office, will be stationed in the city on a full-time […]

Stoy Hayward comes out against MDPs

Accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward has launched a public campaign against MDPs in an attempt to woo law firm clients. Following Arthur Andersen’s attempt to merge with Simmons & Simmons, and the launching of law firms by Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, several accountancy firms on the rung below the big six are publicly […]

In brief: Pinsents' recruit aims to develop practice

Construction law partner Jonathan Hawkswell has left Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Sheffield office to join Pinsent Curtis in Leeds. He will be charged with developing Pinsents’ construction practice. Hawkswell said: “There is the experience and resource here to represent clients in resolving their disputes commercially and effectively.”

Dame Porter likely to appeal if surcharged

Dame Shirley Porter’s appeal against the “homes for votes” surcharge may not be the end of the matter, reports Roger Pearson. Judgment may be given before Christmas in the case in which Dame Shirley Porter and former colleagues on Westminster City Council are challenging a £31.6m surcharge imposed on them by the district auditor. The […]

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