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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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Minter Ellison’s former South Australian and Northern Territory chief financial officer Craig Raneberg has admitted stealing A$2.7m (£1.8m) from the firm at a hearing in an Australian court. Raneberg was arrested last October at Sydney Airport on his way to Thailand for allegedly defrauding his employer. The police reportedly started investigating Raneberg in June 2011, […]

Hacking firms told to take party line

Phone-hacking costs must be cut or claimants will have to join forces The claimant firms acting for victims of the phone-hacking scandal have been ordered to find a more cost-efficient way of working or risk their clients being forced into a group litigation order (GLO), with a single firm advising the entire group. It is […]

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 […]

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War, peace, right and wrong

With Iran in the spotlight, expect plenty of legal rows about pre-emptive military action Coverage of the recent discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barak Obama has heightened talk about a stike against Iran, but the legal position is far from clear. Israel’s apparent willingness to use force against Iran appears […]

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