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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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In brief: Channel 5 appoints BBC Broadcast head

Channel 5 has poached Colin Campbell as its director of legal and business affairs from BBC Broadcast, where he was head of business affairs. Campbell takes over next January from Jane Gill, who is leaving to set up her own media law practice.

New hope for in-house teams in battle for legal privilege

THE EUROPEAN Commission has promised to consider demands from in-house lawyers that their advice should enjoy legal privilege during competition investigations. In-house lawyers have seized on the promise, which was made in a speech last month by Jonathan Faull, director of general competition policy, as a sign that their long-standing campaign to secure professional privilege […]

Bar Council pilot gives public direct access to Bar

The Bar Council is set to launch a pioneering scheme which will enable the public to bypass solicitors when consulting barristers. The “direct access” pilot will be launched at the end of this month through advice centres in Milton Keynes, London, Sheffield and Cambridge. The barristers’ fees will be funded through legal aid, or privately, […]

Our man in Bahrain

In the news story in The Lawyer (7 October) concerning the closure of Clifford Chance’s office in Bahrain (“Clifford Chance to centralise in Dubai”), you state that “…Norton Rose is the only other UK firm in Bahrain”. I would like to point out that Palmer Cowen (of Mayfair) continues to operate an office in Bahrain […]

Convicted murderers appeal

Two convicted murderers are to challenge their convictions in the House of Lords. Graham Carlo Bingham and Samuel David Cooke, convicted by Mr Justice Higgins at Belfast Crown Court on 10 December 1994, have been given leave to appeal on the question of whether the judge was entitled to refuse the cross-examination of a defendant […]

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