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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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Scots look at high-tech sentencing

JUDGES are being offered computer-aided sentencing in a high-tech project to boost consistency in the courts. Academics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, have designed a program to guide the judge towards the ‘right’ sentence. The package allows the computer operator to review sentences given to defendants for similar offences to that being heard. Designers […]

Fees talk tackles conflict of interest

John Malpas A CONDITIONAL fees seminar has been organised for barristers and clerks by an enterprising solicitor who claims the Manchester Bar is “way behind” in its understanding of the issue. The controversial new “no win no fee” agreement laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor shortly after Easter will have a major impact on […]

Who's doing what

The main objective for investing in computer systems, whether for office or home use, is that they are meant to carry out a task more quickly, more easily and more accurately. This means that they leave more time for doing the things you want or need to do either at home or in the office. […]

BLA wants bureau axed

The British Legal Association is to call for the abolition of the Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau at a requisitioned meeting at the Law Society. Members of the 15,000-strong BLA voted at its annual general meeting to support a motion for abolishing the SCB, returning disciplinary matters to the Law Society and discontinuing all other SCB functions. […]

Taking control of spending

After property, a computer system continues to be the single biggest purchase that a law firm makes. Careful appraisal and financial planning are vital when making IT purchases in order to check whether the product is suitable, feasible and acceptable. Suitability Does the proposed purchase fit in with the firm’s business strategy? If the strategy […]

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