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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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Durham follows Kent Council’s legal services plan

Durham County Council is considering selling legal services to external clients, joining the growing ­number of local authorities moving into ;competition ;with ­private practice law firms. The council is merging with seven district councils in the region to create the Durham Unitary Authority in April next year. The council’s legal chief, Linda Walker, has put […]

Redeployments, job shares, secondments spare 26 jobs

Blake Lapthorn, Clarke Willmott and Cobbetts have reduced the number of staff they are making redundant by a total of 26 through a combination of redeployments and client secondments. South East firm Blake Lapthorn launched a consultation with 43 members of staff in October, but has reduced the final number of redundancies by 10 after […]

In-house review of the year 2008: In good company

When it comes to keeping a lid on fees, in-house legal chiefs have been looking to drive a hard bargain during 2008. The past 12 months have been something of a rollercoaster for in-house lawyers. Those embedded in corporations and regulatory bodies may operate in ­varied industries, each with their own culture, but as 2008 […]

Web review of the year 2008: Write to reply

TheLawyer.com allows The Lawyer team to publish news as it breaks, but also enables you, the reader, to have your say. As well as a steady stream of comment from readers, many of the year’s top stories developed into full-blown debates. Here are just a few of the highlights The Mumbai terror publicity row This […]

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Beresfords to launch ‘legal supermarket’

Staff at Doncaster-based Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday, is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. Staff at Doncaster-based firm Beresfords Solicitors, which saw name partner Jim Beresford struck off yesterday (see story), is considering launching Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’. The ‘supermarket’ comprises a web portal called mysolicitor.com, […]

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