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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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The e-uncertainties

The e-revolution has created a minefield for lawyers and law makers. Simon Chalton reports on the inconsistencies of the new economy and how they can be resolved Legislators, both national and regional, are rushing to update existing laws and fashion new ones to suit the dotcom economy. Out of this flurry of activity major areas […]

Cripps beats off City competition to win place on HM Prison Service’s legal panel

Cripps Harries Hall has beaten at least one City firm to join a small panel providing commercial property legal advice to HM Prison Service. The Kent firm will deal with property legal work relating to the Prison Service estate in England and Wales. This includes 140 penal establishments, extensive agricultural estates, commercial and industrial premises […]

‘LoveLetter’ virus creates computer havoc in City firms

City law firms were left reeling after the LoveLetter virus hit London last Thursday. The bug, which is thought to have started in the Philippines, struck businesses worldwide and even infiltrated the House of Commons. Carried in an attachment to an email labelled “Iloveyou”, the virus forwards itself to every email address on the computer, […]

Akin Gump links with Foster Pepper

Akin Gump, the seventh largest law firm in the US, has signed an alliance with Foster Pepper & Shefelman. Foster Pepper, a 132-lawyer firm based in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, has linked with 900-lawyer Akin Gump to increase its international reach. The move gives Akin Gump a north-west presence in the US to add to […]

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