The Lawyer Inquiry: Jeremy Irwin-Singer

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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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Herbert Smith asks partners to resign in shipping shake-up

Herbert Smith has asked the bulk of its shipping department to resign in a major strategic overhaul. London-based partners Nicholas Robinson, Charles Baker and Mike Allen will be leaving the firm in the next few weeks, although it is understood that none have finalised their future plans. The remaining two partners – Charles Kaplan in […]

In brief: Patent Office puts trade mark register online

The Patent Office has posted the UK trade marks register on the Internet. The new service will be of use to anyone needing to demonstrate or verify the ownership or status of a trade mark on the register. Peter Lawrence, director of trade marks at the Patent Office, said the move was “the latest phase […]

Property battle lost

The international property battle arising out of the collapse of Asil Nadir’s Polly Peck empire has finally reached the House of Lords. However, it has ended in failure for four Greek Cypriot companies that had sought to sue the admin-istrators of Polly Peck International in the UK courts in respect of property in the unrecognised […]

Simmons bins salaried partner concept

Simmons & Simmons has taken the unusual step of abolishing the concept of salaried partners and has brought all its 50 or so salaried partners into the profit-sharing pool. One source claimed Simmons had asked a dozen partners to leave in the run-up to the restructuring, but chief executive Alan Morris denied this. The restructuring […]

Electronic conveyancing on the cards

The Law Commission and the Land Registry have put forward a joint proposal to speed up the house-buying process with “electronic conveyancing”. All properties would be registered at the Land Registry, and it would be possible to verify title in seconds.

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