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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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Narayan takes on tribunal judges

John Malpas reports AN EX-BARRISTER is battling to force three judges to appear before an industrial tribunal to face charges that they breached race relations law when disbarring him. Rudy Narayan was disbarred in July 1994 following a Disciplinary Tribunal of the Inns of Court. He will take his case before a review hearing this […]

Law Society

THE LAW Society has welcomed the end of the legal battle which it claims has been conducted “against a background of constant adverse and at times unpleasant publicity”. Head of communications Walter Merricks says the coverage of the case, spanning three decades, has portrayed Peggy Wood as the poor pensioner taking on authority. But Merricks […]

Tutors lack experience, study finds

ONLY half of the law tutors currently teaching in the UK have two or more years’ practical experience in the legal profession, and a vast number of those in the old universities also lack a teaching qualification, a study reveals. Produced by Anglia Polytechnic University, the report, ‘Today’s law teachers: lawyers or academics?’ says only […]

Property

Speciality Shops, advised by Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, has acquired a number of freehold properties in Bishop’s Stortford from Guardian Properties for u2.85m, advised by Trowers & Hamlins.

Bar gets own personal injury voice

URGENT action to lobby the Lord Chancellor’s Department on conditional fee arrangements will be the first task of a new association for personal injury barristers launched this week. The Personal Injury Bar Association holds its inaugural meeting on 7 March, and organiser Matthias Kelly expects barristers country-wide to converge on the Gray’s Inn arbitration room […]

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