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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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Police accused of corruption

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Battle is on for client funds

Michael Kavanagh talks to one of the South West’s top firms about its decision to set up a portfolio management arm South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke is joining the growing ranks of provincial law firms offering fully-fledged asset management services to an extensive and affluent client base. The firm, which vies with Exeter-based […]

Guy Harvey questions a ban on prisoner visits to lawyers' offices

“Must try harder” could be seen by many as the mid-term report on beleaguered Home Secretary Michael Howard. However, in the view of this solicitor he has recently tried a little too hard in one respect. Last November the Home Secretary issued the innocuous sounding ‘Instruction to Governors Number 70 of 94’ which said: “Prisoners […]

No obstacle too large for the smaller practice

Michael Kavanagh on how one firm entered the market Wessex law firm Parker Bullen may be modest in size, but not in its ambitions when it comes to financial services. When the firm sat down to review its strategy last year, a decision was made to grab the issue of financial services by the horns. […]

Consortium condemns electronic tagging trial

As pilot trials of electronic monitoring of offenders are due to start in spring, the Penal Affairs Consortium (PAC) has given the initiative a thumbs down. PAC, which is an alliance of 24 bodies, says the evidence so far shows that electronic tagging does little to divert offenders from crime or from prison. A PAC […]

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