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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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Jones takes over at Edge & Ellison

Birmingham firm Edge & Ellison has appointed Digby Jones to take over as senior partner from John Aucott. Law Society Council member Aucott, who has been in the post for the past five years, hands over the reins in May. Jones, who takes over at the age of 39 and was recently voted top deal […]

CPS lawyers in uproar over Addison suspension

THE CROWN Prosecution Service (CPS) suspension of Neil Addison, a senior Crown prosecutor and employed Bar representative on the Bar Council, could jeopardise its hopes for higher court advocacy rights. One CPS lawyer says: “This is a very serious turn of events. Colleagues are outraged and there have been calls from lawyers around the country […]

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Society wants form burden eased

THE LAW Society is this week expected to call for “substantial modifications” to the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) reforms of the green form system. Measures to help combat fraud were officially backed by Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay last week. But the society’s courts and legal services committee will demand that changes are made to the […]

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