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Law 5/19, of 18 April 2019 – Amendments to the petroleum activities law

By Joao Afonso Fialho, Joana Pacheco The recent restructuring of the legal framework of the petroleum sector and the creation of the National Agency for the Oil and Gas Sector (“ANPG”), required some amendments to the Petroleum Activities Law (Law 10/04, of 12 November 2004 – “PAL”), which were now introduced by Law 5/19, of […]

Invoices and other tax relevant documents: New Rules

By Conceicao Gamito, Ana Raquel Costa, Joana Branco Pires, Rita Simao Luis Decree-Law No. 28/2019, of February 15 (“DL 28/2019”), consolidates, updates and harmonizes obligations for the processing, issuance, notification, archive and conservation of invoices and other tax relevant documents under Portuguese law. The measures introduced by the DL 28/2019 have three distinct purposes: the […]

Liking, Sharing and Posting: Legal Responsibility and Social Media

By Michael Lindtner Social Media is omnipresent these days and individuals as well as companies increasingly use these instruments as communication and marketing tools. Moreover, the development of Social Media platforms, like interactive online rating and comparison platforms, is also of interest for the start-up sector. However, this increasing importance of Social Media also raises […]

We are going to make Portugal a hub for international arbitration

Already considered by its investors as “the best place in the world to invest”1 , Portugal seems to have changed from the country of discoverers to the country to be discovered. Will Portugal and its arbitration community be prepared to take on this new economic dynamic? According to the most recent QMUL study on international […]

Brexit and financial services

Despite all the current instability and uncertainty associated with delivering Brexit, one thing is certain. Brexit will have a significant impact on the financial services market in the European Union. This is because it is the first time a Member State has left the European Union and because of the UK’s relative weight in this […]

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OSS backlog set to double

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors’ (OSS) delay in allocating complaints to case workers is set to double from six months to a year unless something is done, the regulatory body warns.The revelation came the week the Government pledged to assign a watchdog to oversee the OSS, vowing to give the legal services ombudsman […]

In brief: Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is being instructed by the Czech government on the sale of Czech bank CSOB. Two further bank sales will follow in the next year. The Czech telecommunications sector is to be privatised, with three consortia making bids. US firms White & Case and Squire Sanders & Dempsey have been appointed to advise […]

Firm pays plaintiff's costs

A Manchester solicitor set up a company to hold his law firm’s lease, which then stayed in the building for two years rent-free while the landlord waged a court battle for rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has heard.Miller Gardner defended the company, Globe Legal Services Ltd, in the original action, but was in for […]

Senior partner quits Birchall Blackburn

North-west based Birchall Blackburn has been hit by its second departure in as many months as its joint senior partner quits to join Halliwell Landau.Chris Eddlestone has become licensing and leisure partner at Halliwell Landau after serving 16 years at Birchall Blackburn, where he was one of three senior partners.Birchall Blackburn also recently lost Daniel […]

Digests

Bournemouth Borough Council is suing WH Saunders & Son of Southampton; LG Mouchal & Partners of West Byfleet; and Technical Timber Services of Romsey. The claim against WH Saunders and LG Mouchal is for damages for alleged breach of contracts made between 1984 and 1986 and negligence over the design, specification, and supervision of building […]

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