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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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A question of authority power

In legal terms the lessons of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Welton v North Cornwall District Council raise interesting points about the circumstances in which local authorities can be held responsible for the actions of their officers. But in terms of the accountability of local authorities for their officers’ actions, the case sounds […]

Where's legal aid justice?

The observations of Lord Woolf referred to in your 13 August edition “Curtain for combative divorcees” of the instant under the above title give cause for some concern. The judiciary is often criticised for being out of touch with the man in the street. It may be that to Lord Woolf, a hob, a washing […]

In brief: Judiciary opens up recruitment policy

The post of deputy district judge is to be advertised publicly for the first time this week. A Lord Chancellor’s Department spokeswoman said: “This is all part of wanting to open up the judicial system and to get as many people from as wide a spectrum as possible to become judges. Vacancies for district judges […]

A swinging affair

Tired of the traditional Christmas party? This year why not plan something different. There are a number of party organisers that can brighten up your firm’s celebrations and the huge range of events on offer, from James Bond evenings to a night at the circus, can transform a run-of-the-mill dinner into a night to remember. […]

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