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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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Sir David Clementi’s review of legal regulation is sparking action in other professional services industries. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) yesterday (Tuesday, 7 September) announced it has engaged Sir Bryan Carsberg to undertake a review of its regulatory function, prompted in part by government-driven consultations like Clementi. Carsberg will examine all aspects of […]

Hogarth, 19 Old Buildings join to create IP mega-set

Hogarth Chambers has merged with 19 Old Buildings to form the bar’s largest IP set. Alastair Wilson QC and the three other existing tenants from 19 Old Buildings will move on 1 October to the 26-strong Hogarth in Lincoln’s Inn. Hogarth was forged out of the merger of One Raymond Buildings and 5 New Square […]

In-house teams tackle new employment laws

In-house lawyers and HR teams are gearing up for a raft of new employment legislation coming into force on 1 October, with those that do not comply facing increased claims from disgruntled staff. “Employers should be gearing themselves up,” said Raymond Jeffers, head of Linklaters’ employment team and chair of the Employment Lawyers Association. “This […]

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Adam Cowell – 1 October 1963-29 July 2004

The sudden death of Adam Cowell on 29 July at the age of 40 marks the loss of one of the profession’s leading business crime lawyers. In his six years as a partner in the London office of Irwin Mitchell, Cowell established himself as one of the top lawyers in the country, representing defendants in […]

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