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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.



Accosting costs

Every now and then a judge hands down a ruling that should make the profession sit up and take note. Remember the pounding Allen & Overy (A&O) received from Mr Justice Floyd when he said the costs it had racked up on Research In Motion UK [RIM] v Visto were “totally unfamiliar to anyone who […]

Aled Griffiths

Focus Germany: Going Deutsch

Germany’s industrial economic strength means its lawyers are optimistic despite the downturn – and the German offices of UK firms are coming good too The word bullish was not made to describe German lawyers. Natural Teutonic reserve does ;not ;quite allow them to crow over their English partners. And the German gesture to signify mocking […]

DLA Piper launches in Romania with ex-Links man

DLA Piper is set to launch an office in Romania, hiring senior associate Marian Dinu from the former Bucharest office of Linklaters to lead the venture. DLA Piper is expected to open the office before the end of the year with a team of between 10 and 15 lawyers. DLA Piper managing partner for Central […]

Sonnenschein launches European office number two

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has opened its second office in Europe with the acquisition of Zurich-based hotels and hospitality boutique, Bloch & Partner. The US firm, which does not yet have an office in London, opened its doors in Switzerland last Wednesday (1 October). It has brought on board two well-known hotel lawyers, Heinz Bloch […]


Dead Zeppelin?

Mirroring the residential property market boom, conveyancing practices inflated in size like helium-filled balloons. And when the market began to fall, the sound of air escaping conveyancing practices reverberated through destinations like Milton Keynes, Leeds and the West End like the sound of a thousand raspberries being blown at once. Twenty-five at Fox Hayes, four […]

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