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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.

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Trowers & Hamlins has confirmed the launch of a representative office in Kuala Lumpur at the same time as unveiling a 13 per cent rise in net profit for the 2011-12 financial year. The City firm’s revenue figure increased by 3 per cent to £80.5m in 2011-12 while net profit was up to £12.5m, giving […]

Work emails to spouses may not be protected by marital privilege

Yesterday in a criminal case, United States v Hamilton, 2012 WL 6000731, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that emails the defendant sent to his wife over his employer’s email system were properly admitted as evidence against him. At the time he sent the emails, his employer had no computer usage […]

Freshfields defeated as HTC wins patent victory over Apple

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Three New Square have lost a major patent battle for Apple after the High Court ruled that Taiwanese-competitor HTC did not infringe four of the company’s technologies. Mr Justice Floyd ruled that three of the patents, including Apple’s ‘slide-to-unlock’ feature, were invalid, while the fourth did not apply to HTC devices. […]

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Riverview Chambers bolsters family team with double silk hire

Riverview Law has attracted four new members to its divorce and family team, including silk Christopher Pocock QC of 1 King’s Bench Walk. Pocock, who was awarded silk in 2009, is joined in the practice by a second silk, Leslie Samuels, who also becomes a member of Riverview Chambers’ employment team. Samuels has been involved […]

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