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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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GlaxoSmithKline has hired a new global head of IP, scooping King & Spalding partner Sherry Knowles. Knowles will join as senior vice-president and global head of the corporate IP division in September, replacing David Roberts, who is retiring. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Knowles spent several years at SmithKline Beecham as a pharmaceutical synthetic chemist.

Mallesons bolsters London

Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ London office has returned to its full capacity of two partners after more than 12 months. The firm had been operating with just managing partner Rowan Russell sincelate 2004. Finance partner Hal Bolitho moved to the London office earlier this year from Melbourne, working closely with key client Allco Finance Group. Russell […]

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