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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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Employment partner joins 15 Old Square

NORTON Rose employment partner Melanie Tether is leaving the practice to become a pupil barrister at 15 Old Square. Tether, who joined the firm seven years ago, will start a six-month pupillage in March at the chambers of John Melville Williams QC. The chambers, which has been involved in the mineworkers and dockers’ disputes, is […]

Third of PI victims 'get no investment advice'

The Law Commission has warned that personal injury victims who win compensation claims often lose out because of poor investment decisions over compensation funds. Accident victims are generally pleased at the time of settlement when faced with large sums of money. But this satisfaction fades “when the reality of long-term ill effects and reduced capacity […]

N Irish Law Soc conveyancing scheme

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has launched the Home Charter Scheme, a conveyancing quality assurance programme aimed at providing the highest possible standard of service to people buying and selling houses. Law Society president Andrew Carnson says the scheme was introduced “so the public can see the readiness of the profession to adopt and […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

London firm Lane & Partners has spent £150,000 on a new case and practice management system. The 12-partner practice installed an Arista system from IT suppliers Axxia Systems after a beauty parade which included Miles 33 and Pilgrim. Director of finance Alastair Mitchell said the firm had used a Miles 33 system for the previous […]

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