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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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“My greatest triumph was getting a one-eyed, one-legged, purple-haired defendant acquitted on an identity defence.” – Richard Gordon QC when asked by The Lawyer to list his professional achievements.

Human rights:where's the beef?

The Human Rights Act promises UK residents a truly democratic society for the first time. But, asks Matheu Swallow, is the UK ready for such a revolution? There are concerns that Britain’s judiciary is ill-equipped to cope with its new responsibilities. “Football’s coming home” was the unofficial anthem for the England World Cup squad of […]

'Brown field' service launched

AN environmental information company has launched a computerised land contamination checking service for solicitors acting in brown field property deals. Landmark Information launched the service – Home Envirosearch – last month. It provides solicitors with a report of the past and present uses of a piece of land and identifies any risks, such as leaked […]

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Dick Russell of Titmuss Sainer Dechert advised architects David Marks and Julia Barfield on the development of the British Airways London Eye (previously known as the Millennium Wheel). Andrew Smith of Garretts advised sponsor British Airways and Sharon White of Stephenson Harwood advised operator The Tussauds Group. Christopher Brown of Masons acted for The Sumitomo […]

Book of the week

Blackstone’s Police Manual Indispensable for any young assistant solicitor who is out on a heavy night of drinking. Amaze your friends as you quote section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 when the police stop you as you are leap-frogging parking metres, and get them to call your mother citing section 4 of the Protection […]

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