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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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Nicholsons merger aims to broaden practice strengths

The ‘East meets West’ merger between City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones and Mayfair-based Brecher & Co became reality on 10 October, creating a 46-partner, top-40 firm with an expected combined turnover of £16 million this year. The Brecher name will be lost with the new firm retaining the name of Nicholson Graham & Jones. […]

Furore over Which? survey

THE CONSUMERS’ Association has threatened to sue the Law Society over its attempts to discredit a damning Which? survey into the quality and cost of legal advice. But the association is already being sued for libel by Shoosmiths & Harrison over claims in the survey that the firm had failed to warn a researcher of […]

Dibbs celebrates 'gilt-edged' deal

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has come through a seven-month tendering process to win a one-year contract as employment law advisers to the Government’s Employment Service. The contract, which starts on 6 November, will involve the provision of policy advice on staff terms and conditions but the firm has also been signed to litigate on behalf of […]

DoE tour pushes tendering drive

THE LEGAL implications of competitive tendering are among the issues to be discussed at a series of seminars organised by the Department of the Environment. Seven events have been arranged across the country to explain the legislative and political context of the contracting out drive. Environment minister Sir Paul Beresford said the seminars will include […]

Labour vows to end legal 'gravy train'

Labour will legislate to force controversial changes to lawyers’ practices if the Law Society attempts to derail them. That was the warning legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng MP delivered to Law Society president Martin Mears and his ‘profession first’ programme at last week’s Brighton conference. “There is no vested interest that Labour is not prepared […]

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