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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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Bircham in Nottingham car parking levy scheme

Bircham Dyson Bell is representing Nottingham City Council in its bid to introduce the first workplace parking space levy in the UK. The firm’s head of major projects Robbie Owen is working alongside partner Nick Evans and associate Tom Henderson to draw up proposals aimed at cutting congestion in the city. The firm has a […]

Weather warning

Insurers stand to lose more than most if the predictions on climate change hold true. Ashley Prebble and Natalie Perkin report on the industry’s response to the scientific evidence Scientific consensus on climate change presents us with the stark reality of a serious global problem. Whether one accepts that the problem is caused by carbon […]

Insurance

The insurance industry could be forgiven for appearing like a headless chicken since the US mortgage crisis sparked the global credit crunch. The market is waiting with bated breath to see what impact the collapse of the sub-prime mortgages will have in the insurance world. There is an expectation that as companies continue to fold […]

Mind the equality gap

A recent survey suggests that far from reducing the pay gap, the gap has actually grown since the introduction of the The Equal Pay Act in 1970 despite more woman obtaining positions of authority. For an act that came into force in 1970, The Equal Pay Act, which was designed to ensure equal pay for […]

Sallie Mae takes JC Flowers to court

The phoney war between Sallie Mae and JC Flowers came to an end last Monday (8 October) when the student lender filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court against the private equity house and its buyer group. As reported last Monday (1 October), Flowers’ $25bn buyout of SLM, known to everybody as Sallie Mae, looked […]

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