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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-housers get guidance on whistleblowing

The Commerce and Industry Group (C&I Group) has released new guidelines for lawyers how to implement a whistleblowing policy and avoid being caught in career dilemmas. The organisation has also compiled a report revealing that in-house lawyers are under more pressure than ever to expose company scandals even though they are the most at risk. […]

DLA Piper and RPC scoop Grant Thornton merger

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) and DLA Piper have scooped lead roles on a merger that aims to shake up the Big Four accountants’ stranglehold on the market. Grant Thornton turned to RPC and DLA Piper is advising RSM Robson Rhodes in the accountants’ plan to combine to form the fifth-largest accountants in the UK by […]

A&O associates receive salary hike to rival CC’s

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made a token increase to its associate base salaries, raising them in line with the market rate set by rival Clifford Chance two weeks ago. The magic circle firm has not publicly released the improved salaries, but it is understood that newly-qualifieds’ pay now stands at £64,900, compared with Clifford […]

A&O invests in Bangalore University

Allen & Overy (A&O) is attempting to strengthen its ties to the Indian legal market by providing an endowment for a professor of law at Bangalore’s India University. The position, which will be known as the Allen & Overy Professor of International Financial Law, comes with a ten-year endowment. As part of the entente, A&O […]

TwoBirds raids Linklaters for Swedish drive

Bird & Bird has raided Linklaters for the magic circle firm’s head of litigation Henrik Bielenstein. Bielenstein, who headed Linklaters’ litigation practice in the Stockholm office for five years, moves to Bird & Bird as the firm gears up to build its international dispute resolution team when the Swedish partner joins on 1 May. Bielenstein, […]

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