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Lisbon Annual Report: Riding the wave

For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]

Portugal: Patent litigation law review

By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]

Can commonhold be reinvigorated?

By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]

In what circumstances can additional administrators be appointed?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others [2018] EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]

What is the extent of a secured creditor’s equitable duty to a guarantor?

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore In General Mediterranean Holding SA SPF v Qucomhaps Holdings Ltd[2018] the Court of Appeal had to consider if and when a commercial lender’s acts or omissions in relation to its security will release a guarantor from its obligations. The court found that in the absence of express terms, any equitable duty […]

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Not content with having its own version of Twitter (Weibo) and Facebook (Renren) China has decided that it needs its own version of Baker & McKenzie. Or, to be more accurate, China’s second largest law firm by lawyer headcount, Yingke, has decided the country needs its own version of Baker & McKenzie and that they […]

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SRA investigates Giambrone Law partners over advice on Italian property deals

A trio of partners from Italian firm Giambrone Law, which is acting for a number of individuals affected by the Costa Concordia ferry disaster, is under investigation by the SRA. The solicitors watchdog is gearing up to bring disciplinary proceedings against the firm’s named partner Gabriele Giambrone  alongside partners Alessandra Bellanca and Cinzia D’Arpa over […]

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McGuire Woods picks up Norton Rose corporate partner

Norton Rose corporate partner Simon Cox is leaving the firm to join US outfit McGuire Woods’ London office. Cox, who specialises in emerging markets, has been a partner at Norton Rose’s City base since 2000, advising on M&A deals in central and eastern Europe, Turkey and the Far East. He led the team advising the […]

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The SRA’s outcomes-focused regulations will take a bit of getting used to However, we are still waiting to hear about the final details of potential alternative business structures (ABSs). The structure of such ownership has until recently been based on the premise that an IPO and a listing on the stock market would be the […]

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The New Data Protection Regulation – An Opportunity Missed

On Wednesday 25 January we saw the European Commission’s proposal for updating the European Union’s data protection regime in the form of a new Data Protection Regulation. The contents of the document weren’t entirely unexpected, partly as a result of various clues and hints that had emerged from DG Justice over the last year or […]

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