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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.



Jack Straw moots end to UK libel tourism

The eradication of libel tourism will be a key concern for the next UK parliament, with Justice Secretary Jack Straw today announcing a range of libel reforms. Straw hopes to put a stop to libel claims made against foreign publications that can be accessed in the UK by asking the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to […]

Tulkinghorn: Wigs in space

There’s plenty of talk in law student circles about how to make your application stand out from the crowd. But young would-be lawyers at ­Sunderland University must be pulling ­Tulkinghorn’s leg with its new space law module. Apparently it is boldly going where no other law facility has gone before and exploring the potential legal […]


Is libel reform now really possible?

There is so much wrong with the law of libel that statutory intervention is required.  Whilst aspects of libel abuse can be dealt with by decisions of the appellate courts, or by changes to court procedure or by amendments to statutory instruments, the deeper problems are really such that primary legislation is necessary. For example, […]

Stephen Sidkin

Fox Williams leads on £120m fashion IPO

Fox Williams, Irwin Mitchell and Memery ­Crystal have taken lead roles on the proposed £120m IPO of youth fashion ­retailer SuperGroup. SuperGroup, whose labels include Superdry and Cult, turned to longstanding adviser Fox Williams. Capital markets partner James Channo led the team, which also featured relationship partner Stephen Sidkin, employment partner Mark Watson, IT partner […]

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 […]

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