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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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Ashursts concentrates power in fewer hands

Ashurst Morris Crisp has reviewed its management structure to create a streamlined and more democratic partnership board. Ashursts has a rather cumbersome 12-person partnership board. Senior partner Geoffrey Green said the firm “wants [it] to get significantly smaller”.It is made up partly of directly elected partners and partly of partners who represent constituent areas of Ashursts. Green said […]

Advisers clamour for WorldCom’s $150m

The bunfight for fees on the WorldCom restructuring has begun, with lawyers battling over their share of an estimated $150m (£89.6m) in costs. The telecoms group, which has since rebranded as MCI, this month saw its reorganisation plan approved by a New York judge after 15 months of fraught negotiations. As counsel to the official creditors […]

Landwell’s former Dutch arm seals Van Doorne merger

Landwell’s former Dutch firm has sealed a merger with independent Netherlands firm Van Doorne. Landwell will jettison two of its three Dutch offices, concentrating its activities in Amsterdam. It is unclear what will happen to lawyers based outside the Dutch capital. Van Doorne’s London, Curacao and Aruba offices will be unaffected. The newly merged firm […]

Beachcrofts votes for veteran management

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ managing partner Bob Heslett has been unanimously re-elected by the partnership, extending his leadership until 2006. Heslett, who has managed the firm since 1998, stood unopposed. Last December, Beachcrofts’ veteran senior partner David Hunt was also re-elected as head of the national firm for a period running until April 2006

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