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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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German firm quits Spain

German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener is to close its Alicante office before the end of the year. The office was opened over two years ago to process Community Trade Mark (CTM) applications at the CTM office, based in Alicante. The firm said it could handle the work from its Munich office.

Linklaters seizes FTSE client as SA giant relists in London

Linklaters is to gain a major FTSE-100 client when South African mining giant Anglo American makes its £6bn relisting on the London Stock Exchange. The firm is taking on one of the biggest ever UK listings – a job that will take its 10-strong team about five months to complete and earn the firm about […]

Lawyers at play

Race horses, exhibitions, concerts and conferences are all sponsored by firms. But now Cheltenham firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has taken the concept to new heights. At the Cheltenham festival of literature the firm sponsored Chris Patten, the ex-Tory MP and former governor of Hong Kong. He gave a sell-out talk about his new book about […]

In brief: Finance barrister heads to Howard Kennedy

Peter Droussiotis has joined London firm Howard Kennedy as head of the corporate insurance group. A barrister and former senior corporate finance adviser with Price Waterhouse, Droussiotis specialises in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, general corporate law and non-contentious insurance.

Insurance lawyers rage against fees

THE Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) has reacted with fury to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s announcement that success fees and insurance premiums will be recoverable by plaintiffs in conditional fee cases. Foil president Martin Bruffell slated the move as “political expediency” and said the group had calculated it would cost the taxpayer “at least […]

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