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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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Departures hit Orrick and Morgan Lewis

The US’s West Coast recruitment machine is in full swing, with Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) scooping a leading Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe antitrust partner and Morgan Lewis & Bockius losing a second former Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partner, this time to Jones Day. Orrick’s Jesse Markham moved to MoFo’s San Francisco office on Wednesday (2 […]

Private equity partner joins Wragges exodus

Wragge & Co has lost its fifth partner in six months, with private equity partner Peter McLintock quitting to join the Birmingham arm of Midlands rival Hammonds. McLintock, previously a senior legal adviser to venture capitalist 3i, is leaving the Birmingham giant to head up Hammonds’ Midlands private equity practice. Confirming McLintock’s resignation, Wragges senior […]

Opinion

The former editor of The Observer Will Hutton once said that the regulator was “the British state in miniature” (The State We’re In, 1996). His words have ironic resonance in the title of the new House of Lords Select Committee report on the constitution, ‘The Regulatory State: Ensuring its Accountability’, which was published in May. The idea behind the […]

Cooley Goddard loses partner of 10 years

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has taken its second Cooley Godward partner in as many months, this time for its IP practice. Kathryn Wheble, a partner for 10 years at the firm, will move to Kirkpatrick’s San Francisco office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 June

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One flick of a judge’s wig and suddenly the whole City is up in arms. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s somewhat ignominious exit last week as Philip Green’s counsel on the bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) has brought out the hysterical side of lawyers’ natures. But before law firms start overhauling their conflict systems, take a […]

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