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Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

What is the extent of a secured creditor’s equitable duty to a guarantor?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore In General Mediterranean Holding SA SPF v Qucomhaps Holdings Ltd[2018] the Court of Appeal had to consider if and when a commercial lender’s acts or omissions in relation to its security will release a guarantor from its obligations. The court found that in the absence of express terms, any equitable duty […]

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Plea for wills information

The Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) is urging the establishment of a Central Wills Registry where all wills, irrespective of how they are drawn up, will be registered and checked for validity. ILEX is seeking examples of cases where a Central Wills Registry would have made certain that the deceased’s wishes were indeed carried out. […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Roger Woolfe

Roger Woolfe, appointed senior partner at London firm Collyer-Bristow at the end of last year, was born in Nottingham in 1946. He now lives “in the middle of nowhere”, near Tenterden, Kent. What was your first job? Christmas temp with the Post office. Two hours delivering letters and 10 hours in the canteen clocking up […]

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Barristers depend on solicitors for instructions, yet their understanding of why solicitors choose them is often limited. Given the threats faced by barristers, this lack of understanding is difficult to defend. Barristers need to know the reasons behind the decision to instruct. Exploring the reasons solicitors give for instructing barristers suggests that they are not […]

Law Soc examines grass roots setup

A LAW Society Commission has been set up this month to carry out the first major review of the workings of all 127 local law societies in England and Wales. The commission will examine the role and function of local law societies, including the 12 regional law societies, with a view to ‘raising their status […]

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