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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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Contrary to popular belief, Finers Stephens Innocent’s Mark Stephens is not quite such a media darling as public perception would have it. As name partner and head of media, Stephens has clearly been neglecting his media charm offensive as he is ranked only tenth in the celebrity solicitor charts, undoubtedly due to pressure of work […]

A&O, CC extend lead in global project finance

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance were the big winners in global project finance this year as activity in the Middle East and Africa more than trebled, despite an overall drop in volume. A&0 topped the chart for the first half of 2005 with $8.19bn (£4.57bn) worth of deals under its belt, according to […]

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Hollywood invaded Lincoln’s Inn Fields last week to shoot the film of the book The Da Vinci Code. The few barristers who had not retreated to their Mediterr-anean villas for an extended summer vacation were treated to hordes of glamor-ous actors swanning around in evening wear. Tulkinghorn for one nearly fainted in the summer heat […]

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