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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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Federal agencies and Congress accelerate defence against cyber attacks — every private company will be affected

By Sydney White, Jim Halpert, Vincent Sanchez and Steven R Phillips Cyber attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policymakers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on multiple fronts. While in recent days lawmakers have been somewhat distracted […]

Work Life Quiz: Nicky Richmond, Brecher

What was your first-ever job? Checking the cemetery records at the local synagogue. Dull. The goings-on between the staff were far more entertaining. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office? Anywhere but my room.  What’s your favourite restaurant? In my fantasy life – […]

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Landmark barrister defeats appeal over Dale Farm evictions

Basildon Borough Council’s in-house lawyers have successfully defended the latest Dale Farm legal action in the Court of Appeal. The authority instructed Landmark Chambers barrister Galina Ward, who persuaded appeal judges Sir Andrew Morritt and Lord Justices Patten and Pitchford that her client had not acted unreasonably or unlawfully in the eviction row over the […]

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Veale Wasbrough loses ‘Basil Fawlty’ discrimination claims for RCGP

Veale Wasbrough Vizards associate Michael Hasley has unsuccessfully defended the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) against a claim of sexual harassment and discrimination from a former employee. Claims of unfair dismissal and racial discrimination from the same former employee were not successful. The Central London Employment Tribunal heard that French porter Appadoure Basile, who […]

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