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Expanding legal firm reduces costs and increases security with Advanced Digital Dictation

Following the merger of two legal firms using two separate systems, Advanced software provided the best-fit solution: a Cloud service with high levels of security, a modern infrastructure and lower running costs. Attwaters Jameson Hill serves private clients and commercial organisations across Essex, Hertfordshire and outer London; across four offices, with 70-plus fee earners. We […]

High Court rejects customer’s ‘unfair relationship’ claim

By James Taylor In the recent case of Promontoria (Henrico) Ltd v Gurcharn Samra, the High Court has rejected unfair relationship allegations made by a customer against its bank and distressed debt creditor. James Taylor, who acted in the case on behalf of the creditor, highlights key takeaways for lenders. What is an ‘unfair relationship’? Section […]

Classification of contractual terms: What businesses need to know

Gwendoline Davies, Head of Dispute Resolution at Walker Morris explains why businesses need to understand the different categories of contractual terms. In light of the recent Court of Appeal case of Ark Shipping v Silverburn Shipping [1], Gwendoline clarifies the correct approach to the classification of terms, and offers practical advice for anyone involved in contract drafting […]

Project Finance in Switzerland

By Thiemo Sturny Types of collateral What types of collateral and security interests are available? Under Swiss law, many types of collateral are available for securing a loan. Often a combination of different types of collateral is used. Collateral may include real estate, ships and aeroplanes, inventory and movable property, afteracquired property, securities such as […]

Antitrust Litigation – Portugal

Overview 1.1 Recent Developments in Antitrust Litigation Antitrust litigation in Portugal – including claims for the nullity of agreements, interim measures and damages actions – dates back to the 1980s and was the result of the enactment of Decree-Law No 422/1983 of 3 December 1983, which established the first national competition rules. Portugal’s accession to […]

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On 2 April, the G20 will publish a list of offshore jurisdictions deemed ripe for regulatory overhaul. Politicians set their sights on the offshore world some time ago, but with western economies now in meltdown it has become an urgent matter. Offshore lawyers are becoming increasingly vocal about their work in response to ever growing […]

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