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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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BLP takes on Borough of Southwark £30m IT deal

Berwin Leighton Paisner‘s (BLP) IT outsourcing team has scooped another e-Government contract. The firm was instructed by the London Borough of Southwark to advise on a £30m contract with ITNET.Head of IT outsourcing Amanda Lewis led the BLP team. ITNET, represented by Victoria Roche from its in-house legal department, will provide the borough with information […]

Don't judge me

Forthright and critical of Government, David Pannick QC nevertheless remains its darling. Matheu Swallow talks to the Corrie fan who views his job as ‘entertaining himself’ “My first client was hanged, which wasn’t a good start.” The experience of David Pannick QC’s first case angered him so much that he wrote a book about it: […]

Deals summary

Allen & Overy (Calvin Walker) advised the mandated lead arrangers on the $570m (£401.79m) project financing of the power and water project Ras Laffan Power Company in Qatar. Shearman & Sterling advised Ras Laffan. Linklaters & Alliance (Gideon Moore) advised JP Morgan Chase & Co and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as arrangers on g400m (£248.91m) worth […]

The wonder years

The Human Rights Act has been in force for over a year – but who is monitoring its continuing development? Robin Allen QC argues the case for a national human rights commission From the outset it was recognised that the Human Rights Act would lead to litigation, but its larger social purpose was to introduce […]

NWDA picks Mace & Jones for panel

Mace & Jones has won a place on the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) panel. It has been appointed for two years with the option of a further two-year extension.Firms were invited to pitch for the panel place in June. Prior to the pitching process, the NWDA had a six-firm panel. It has retained four of […]

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