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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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Ince & Co‘s London office has picked up six of the seven firmwide partnership promotions following a barren round this time last year. The six City senior associates – the seventh being in Shanghai – will by made up on 1 May, which will result in the partnership’s size increasing to 78. Three of the […]

Reid Minty set for Ukraine opening

London-based Reid Minty has announced the launch of a new office in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The firm, which employs Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian-speaking solicitors, made the move as part of its strategic plan to increase the scope of its services in this area. The launch of the overseas marketing arm in Kiev, which will […]

London’s smaller firms fall behind the regions

Partners at small law firms in London and the South East are being outperformed by those in the Eastern, East Midlands and Yorkshire and North East regions, a new Law Society survey has found. The annual Financial Benchmarking Survey, conducted by the Law Management Section (LMS) of the Society, found that for firms with 30 […]

ABN Amro goes double Dutch

Ostensibly there were no massive surprises concerning the line-up for the exploratory talks that might create an £80bn merger between Barclays and ABN Amro. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com last week, Barclays turned to go-to advisers Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell. The firm is reportedly looking after the Dutch law aspects itself. That’s not the […]

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