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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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KLegal tells its trainees: don’t show up this year

Future trainees offered £10K to defer; McGrigors merger sparks spring clean In the wake of this week’s redundancies, KPMG-tied law firm KLegal has offered its current crop of graduate recruits a payment of £10,000 to defer their start date. Many have taken up the offer and just six trainees will start at KLegal in the […]

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Senior restructuring assistants had better start polishing up their CVs. White & Case is the latest US firm to target the insolvency market by hiring Dan Hamilton from CMS Cameron McKenna. White & Case is following in the footsteps of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, which made its first foray into this market a few […]

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After a row over taking the bins out, when the Lawyer threatened to throw Subjudice’s mobile phone into the back of the next rubbish truck that came along (strikes permitting), our elder daughter spraypainted the number for ChildLine above the phone in the hall and said her entire class had learned it by rote in […]

Microsoft lawyer returns to Preston

Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president William Neukom is to return to his former firm He will join the Seattle office of Preston Gates & Ellis – the firm which bears the name of Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ father – as a partner.Neukom, who led Microsoft’s defence against federal charges of anti-competitive conduct, announced […]

Norton Rose storms back on to HSBC’s Hong Kong panel

Norton Rose is back on the HSBC panel in Hong Kong just four months after reopening its office there The firm lost its place on the panel following the termination of its joint venture with Johnson Stokes & Master in 1998, which sparked a restrictive covenant preventing Norton Rose from practising in Hong Kong for […]

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