The Lawyer Inquiry: Ben Daniels

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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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Partners in name only

At first sight the partner exodus at Simmons & Simmons and Dibb Lupton Alsop appear unrelated. Simmons has lost 15 partners in 13 months, largely due to the imposition of binding contracts forced on partners by previous managing partner Alan Morris, while Dibbs’ partner exodus has been attributed to a tough management style in the […]

Not all rethinks are a climbdown

I refer to the leader column “Lord Irvine’s climbdown” (The Lawyer, 1 February). Will you please stop using headlines that can only discourage the review of decisions that need to be changed? Either Lord Irvine was originally right, but circumstances have justified a change of decision – praise him on both counts – or he […]

In brief: Holman Fenwick & Willan

Holman Fenwick & Willan, the marine and insurance law firm, has hired Stuart Corner to head its new marketing department. Practice development partner Michael Donithorn says: “Stuart will be helping us to implement our strategy of developing our key markets: shipping, insurance, energy, international trade and commercial litigation. His understanding of the insurance and marine […]

Coker denies discrimination suit is politically motivated

TWO solicitors who are taking the Lord Chancellor to an industrial tribunal for sex and race discrimination have hit out at his claims that their action is politically motivated. Jane Coker and Martha Osamor are bringing the case over the appointment of Garry Hart as Lord Irvine’s special adviser. Coker of north London law firm […]

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