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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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Watson Farley adopts “variable share” partnership structure

Watson Farley & Williams has overhauled its remuneration to fixed-share partners in the wake of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) national insurance (NI) crackdown. Each of the firm’s London-based non-equity partners has agreed to contribute just over 20 per cent of their remuneration into a separate pooled fund. This will be redistributed to FSPs in the […]

No5 Chambers’ golf team victorious at the Forum of Insurance Lawyers golf day

No5 Chambers’ golf team was victorious at the FOIL golf day at the Warwickshire Golf Club on 23 May 2014. FOIL, the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, is the professional membership organisation representing those engaged in the defence of insurance-related claims. Paul Bleasdale QC, Adam Farrer, Robert Smallwood and James Parks combined well to produce a winning score of […]

No5 organises charity bake-off as part of Birmingham CAB fundraising programme

No5 Chambers recently organised a charity bake-off as part of its fundraising programme in support of Birmingham Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB). Sixteen members of staff competed in the event, which raised £524. Emma Cook, head of business development at Birmingham CAB, judged the cakes, pies and pastries. Pete Mottram was awarded ‘Best Looking’ for his […]

MALA and No5 Chambers set to hold family law seminar in Leicester

The Midlands Asian Lawyers Association (MALA), in association with No5 Chambers, is holding a CPD seminar on 20 June 2014 at the City Rooms in Leicester. The seminar will focus on family law. Speakers will include Her Honour Judge Nancy Hillier and No5 family group members Dewinder Birk, Laura Vickers, Heather Popley, Sara McCarthy and […]

Asia calling

Asia may not be the high-growth region that some may have hoped for, but legal talent is still flocking there. Its volatility means there are plenty of potential opportunities, but firms may have to play the long game. Shanghai pioneers in liberalising China’s legal market Asia Pacific associates see partnership promo prospects rise Jun He […]

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