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Portugal: Rent updating coefficient to apply in 2022

Under article 24 of Law 6/2006 of 27 February, which approved the New Urban Renting Rules, and article 11(5) of Decree-Law 294/2009 of 13 October, which approved the New Rural Renting Rules, the National Statistics Institute is responsible for calculating the annual rent update coefficient applicable to urban and rural leases. This coefficient must then be published in a notice appearing in the official gazette, Diário da República, no later than 30 October of each year.

How will costs be treated in a no-fault divorce?

At the end of this month, court fees are increasing. The change is the result of a consultation led by the Ministry of Justice earlier in the year which considered whether court fees should be increased by inflation.

Limited network exemption under PSD2 – EBA consults on Draft Guidelines

In summer 2021 the European Banking Authority published Draft Guidelines on the limited network exemption under the Payment Service Directive 2 for consultation. The Draft Guidelines are meant to foster supervisory convergence amongst the EU’s national competent regulators.

Energy Innovators Roundtable series: Reshaping regulation to recognize the imperative for technological change

Whether they like it or not, energy regulators are the new gatekeepers of the technology shift that is needed to meet Canada’s carbon reduction goals. This will require significant and near-term changes to the construct under which Canada’s utilities have traditionally been regulated. Traditional regulation doesn’t incent utilities to retire technology simply because something better has come along. Should regulation transition from “used and useful” to “better”? Join Gowling WLG for the first 2021 roundtable in the Energy Innovators Roundtable series.



Magic circle tag redundant, Eversheds research finds

Over half of all clients think that the magic circle designation is redundant, with 94 per cent of them arguing that the profession should reclassify its peer groups, according to new research. In a report to be released on Monday, based on research commissioned by Eversheds, a number of general counsel emphasised that working at […]

Rosenblatt and One Essex Court seal victory for Tullett in staff poaching dispute

The High Court today ruled that broker BGC Partners acted unlawfully when it conspired to poach senior staff from rival Tullett Prebon. Rosenblatt Solicitors partner Clive Hyer instructed One Essex Court’s Jeffery Onions QC to act for Tullett Prebon in the case. The action was launched against BGC Partners and former senior Tullett Prebon executive […]


Judges claimed £48k of expenses during Michaelmas

The country’s most senior judiciary claimed a total of £47,745.23 in expenses during the Michaelmas term. The Judicial Communications Office has published a list of the expenses claims made by the five court division heads, 38 lord justices and 110 High Court judges, making the claims public for the first time. Of the 153 judges […]

Paul Keeling


South West firm Stones was one of the first of The Lawyer’s UK 200 firms to take drastic action at the onset of the recession. The Exeter-headquartered firm scaled back its sprawling office network from six to just two in the autumn of 2008. “We then sat down in the middle of 2009 and said […]

BLP hires RBS structured finance expert

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired a former Linklaters banking partner to build up its structured finance team. Matthew Kellett joins the firm today from RBS, where he was UK head of financial structuring, with primary responsibility for the bank’s capital, tax-efficient ­investment and fundraising business. Prior to RBS he worked at both AIG and Linklaters. […]

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