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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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New competition rules clear the way

Michael Grenfell, partner, Norton Rose Simon Holmes, partner, SJ Berwin & Co John Boyce, partner, Slaughter and May In an attempt to clear a severe backlog of competition work building up outside the European Commission’s (EC) doors, a white paper was recently released proposing changes to how the EC handles restrictive trade cases under Article […]

Insolvency set for boost as bankruptcies grow

Insolvency lawyers can expect their workload to surge over the coming year as bankruptcies and winding-up petitions continue to grow. According to the Lord Chancellor’s Department, figures for the first quarter of 1999 show a 5 per cent increase in winding-up petitions compared to the same quarter last year. The statistics also reveal that petitions […]

Conditional fees are wide-ranging

I would like to take issue with the comments expressed by Edward Garnier (The Lawyer, 19 April). Mr Garnier’s knowledge of the conditional fee insurance market seems to be restricted to one company. Had he asked us, or one of our many competitors, he would have discovered that a wide range of policies is available […]

UK firms ride out Asian recession

If recent press reports are to be believed, the economic disaster that hit Asia in 1997 has been replaced by fresh confidence and the market is set to take off once more. Journalists may be predicting a new Asian boom, but lawyers on the ground – many of whom have seen their firms ride out […]

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