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Court of Appeal indicates TVGs now a less effective weapon against development

By Andrew Beck Walker Morris’ Andrew Beck explains that developers will welcome a recent Court of Appeal decision which is likely to result in Town and Village Green (TVG) applications becoming a less effective weapon against development. TVGs – The story so far In our previous briefing, we explain in some detail TVG registrations and the […]

Public Procurement 2019: Portugal

By Ana Marta Castro What is the relevant legislation regulating the award of public contracts? The Public Contracts Code (PCC), approved by Decree-Law 18/2008 of 29 January, as amended, is the key legislation regulating the award of public contracts in the Portuguese legal system. The most recently and significant amendment to the PCC was approved […]

Public Procurement 2019: Angola

By Ana Marta Castro, Raul Mota Cerveira What is the relevant legislation regulating the award of public contracts? The Public Contracts Law (PCL), approved by Law 9/16 of 16 June 2016 – which repealed earlier legislation, in particular Law 20/10 of 7 September 2010 – is considered to be the key legislation regulating the award […]

Public Procurement 2019: Cape Verde

By Ana Marta Castro, Raul Mota Cerveira What is the relevant legislation regulating the award of public contracts? There are two main legal instruments regarding the award of public contracts: the Public Procurement Code (PPC), approved by Law No. 88/ VIII/2015, of 14 April 2015, amended by Law 44/IX/2018, of 31 December 2018, and the […]

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Bishops builds up Lithuanian business

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In the wake of The Lawyer survey revealing widespread trainee disillusionment, Jacqueline Siers calls for more co-operation between academia and firms. Jacqueline Siers is chief executive of BPP Law School. Reading the articles about students seeking to leave the profession (The Lawyer, 19 May), I was struck not so much by what was said as […]

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Are snowballing mergers necessary?

For the third week running, The Lawyer’s front page reveals major City merger talks. Even Clifford Chance and Ashursts have been talking. Are all these mergers really necessary? Until only a decade or so ago, you could look around the City and find most of the same firms advising the same clients they had had […]

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