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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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Power provider jolts advisers

Independent Energy, the largest independent provider of gas and electricity in the UK, has decided to move some of its legal work in-house. The move will come as a blow to Masons and Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson which have handled the majority of the company’s legal work in the past. The Solihull-based company has taken on […]

Camerons partner moves to Sackers

Sacker & Partners, the UK’s largest pensions practice, has hired a key partner from CMS Cameron McKenna. Julia Miller is one of only four Camerons partners in the pensions department. She joins Sackers in April, along with Rowe & Maw assistant Alison Cribbs. Miller says the main reason she is moving is because of Sackers’ […]

Why the Yanks aren't coming

While US firms hungrily eye successful UK firms in the hope of marriage, IP/IT practices in London seem anything but keen. Claire Smith discovers why the merger talks keep on breaking down. When the partners at Bird & Bird read of the failed merger talks between IP/IT firm Rakisons and US practice LeBoeuf Lamb Greene […]

SPBG joins force with Law Centres group…

The Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG) and the Law Centres Federation are setting up a partnership to organise pro bono services across London. A new scheme called LawWorks is being developed which will offer pro bono in each London borough and will be resourced by City firms. The SPBG will act as a clearing house […]

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