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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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Licence not takeover

Fennell Betson reports We have been asked to point out by Tolley that our item in the 3 January issue of The Lawyer about Ernst & Young acquiring Tolley’s Tax-Link product referred to the accountants licensing the product’s use for tax practitioners and not taking it over.

In brief: BBC survey says lawyers do job well

Nearly 60 per cent of people questioned in a BBC survey think lawyers do a good job. More than 70 per cent of those with experience of the legal system describe their experience as good or very good. But 26 per cent say it has been fairly bad or very bad, according to the findings […]

Conference sets sights on equal rights

LONDON barrister Margaret McCabe has signed leading lawyers as speakers at a controversial conference on sex discrimination. The Lord Chancellor will provide the keynote address at the 8 April conference – ‘The Woman Lawyer: Benefit or Burden?’ – also involving Law Society President Charles Elly and Bar Chairman Peter Goldsmith QC. McCabe, a civil and […]

Manchester barrister sues ex-colleagues

A MANCHESTER-BASED barrister who was expelled from his chambers is now suing the head of chambers and other members, claiming they conspired to damage his business and reputation. In a writ issued at the High Court in London by Pannone & Partners, Jonathan Capp, of Windermere in Cumbria, is suing fellow barristers John Bailey, Monica […]

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