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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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Pinsent Curtis has advised US-listed engineering company Doncasters on a u185m refinancing deal. Doncasters acquired Triplex Lloyd for u194m and has refinanced the debt package for the acquisition. The team was led by corporate partner David Hughes and banking partner Stephen Miles.

Stephensons forges European alliance

Stephenson Harwood is forging a pan-European base as it reveals plans to merge with associated firms in Italy and France before seeking a German merger partner. The firm, known for its shipping practice with offices in far-flung locations, is now focusing on the Continent, The Lawyer can reveal. Chief executive John Pike says Stephensons plans […]

In brief: Norton Rose

Norton Rose is to spend £2.3m on global hardware and maintenance to be supplied by Unisys. The overhaul of its information technology systems will begin in May and should be completed by the end of September. It is replacing all computers with Dell machines and upgrading its systems, including information management. John Copley, head of […]

Theodores chief steps down over high workload

Theodore Goddard’s managing partner Peter Kavanagh has relinquished his position half way through his term because of the overwhelming workload. Kavanagh, who officially took over the post in May 1997, will return to his fee-earning role in the firm’s corporate group. Kavanagh says: “The basis on which I had agreed to take on the role […]

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