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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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The rights angle

From Diane Pretty who wanted the right to die, to Al-Qaeda’s effect on the right to liberty, human rights laws have been pushed to the limit. Robin Allen QC and Tom Coghlin report The courts have grappled with human rights issues in every field of law in the past year. Some cases have been notorious, […]

Legal Widow

David Blunkett has a greater problem with language in the home than he realises. While he frets over immigrant families failing to chatter away in English over the dinner table, he ignores the horrifying truth that hardly anyone, at least in my house, speaks the language properly anymore. If we do get them all round […]

Slaughter and May: still gunning for private equity

So Slaughters still thinks it can challenge CC for major buyouts. Is it deluded? It’s not often that you hear Slaughter and May make a grand statement.But the firm’s ambition to be “one of the big players in private equity within the next three to five years”, as one partner stated last week, will probably […]

Herbert Smith boosts Gleiss tie in £260m Johnson Matthey deal

Herbert Smith has galvanised its alliance with Gleiss Lutz after persuading Johnson Matthey to use the German firm for its £260m acquisition of ICI’s catalyst business Synetix.The deal, which is part of ICI’s drive to reduce its £2.3bn debt mountain, required both German and Indian legal expertise as the transaction also included the disposal of […]

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