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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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Criticism falls on deaf ears

Ninety-five per cent of soldiers in one Irish army barracks are claiming compensation for deafness – and Defence Minister Michael Smith maintains that the country’s legal profession and the judiciary are mainly to blame. Smith argues that the flood of claims, which now stands at 11,500 – more than the total strength of the Irish […]

…as pressure groups slam youth justice in N Ireland

LEADING children’s rights organisations are calling for a review of the youth justice system in Northern Ireland. Voluntary organisations met with the Criminal Justice Review Body last week to discuss changes to the law they would like to see brought in. Paddy Kelly, director of the Belfast-based Children’s Law Centre told The Lawyer: “Under the […]

London lights undermine Birmingham's law firms

THE GOOD people of Birmingham know they do not have to go far to find a top quality curry, but new research released exclusively to The Lawyer shows they do not have the same faith in their local law firms. Over a quarter of the 100 large Midland companies interviewed do not use local firms […]

Freshfields reveals plans to go Dutch

FRESHFIELDS is understood to be in takeover talks with a Dutch law firm about opening an office in Amsterdam, The Lawyer can reveal. Freshfields managing partner Ian Terry confirms the firm is planning a move. “We are, and have been, looking at the Dutch legal market for a long time, but we have yet to […]

Square Mile

Want more profit? For many, cost-cutting is the favourite route. Is it easy? Yes. Sustainable? No, apart from an initial one-off benefit. Leverage is the fastest route. Firms that pride themselves on a partner-led work culture will become poor firms (relatively speaking). But leverage is expensive to maintain and if under-used is also the quickest […]

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