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Union of European practitioners in intellectual property

The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.

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 […]

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On the front line of legal practice

Tim Miller explores the military option and finds out about the strategic operations involved in Army Legal Services Clad in their nuclear-biological-chemical warfare protection suits, they carried a ‘Manual of Military Law’ under one arm and a 9mm pistol under the other. The weapons training and the combat fitness test may have seemed like cosmetic […]

Are the ladies hemmed in?

Mary Heaney looks at a minor revolution as more women lawyers swap their skirts for trousers in the workplace Four months ago, City firm Linklaters & Paines found itself the subject of press attention when it changed its dress code allowing females to wear trousers. Until then, it was “generally-speaking, not appropriate for women to […]

Firms challenge LAB choice

Four law firms are applying for a judicial review of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) following a wrangle over who should co-ordinate a multi-party action. The four firms, which have formed a steering committee for vibration white finger (VWF) claims against British Coal, are challenging the board’s decision to grant generic legal aid work to […]

Nabarros helps seal coal deals

Nabarro Nathanson’s Niall Logan helped create industrial history in what is believed to be British Coal’s biggest single legal transaction. The property partner took part in a marathon five-hour signing and sealing of hundreds of documents transferring mining rights to the private sector. Each document had to be stamped up to 10 times with the […]

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