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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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Sears moves firm for more money

Leading travel insolvency practitioner Trevor Sears is quitting Kingsford Stacey Blackwell for Davenport Lyons, giving the firm an insolvency capability for the first time. Sears has been a partner at Booth & Blackwell, which merged with Kingsford Stacey three years ago, since 1973. But last summer he decided to move, predominantly because of concerns over […]

Akin Gump doubles its London partnership

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is more than doubling the size of its London partnership with three new arrivals. Carl Liederman is joining from the firm’s Washington office, while two other lateral hire partners arrive from rival US firms. Jacqueline Maitland Davies is moving to London from Washington rival Williams & […]

Brobeck takes on Milbank Tweed partner

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has suffered another blow to its technology transactions group with the loss of a partner to Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. The departure of David Hudanish to the New York office of the Silicon Valley firm comes just weeks after the head of the group at Milbank, Dan Mummery, jumped ship […]

Taylor steps over Mudd to make Walker Morris managing partner

Leeds stalwart Walker Morris is radically overhauling its management team. Current managing partner Philip Mudd, who has held the position for the last three years, is stepping down at the end of the month. Only one person, banking and insolvency partner Michael Taylor, was nominated for the role. He was voted in on Friday (30 […]

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