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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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EU to let foreign lawyers side-step English rules

English lawyers are concerned that an EU directive which comes into force next year will allow foreign lawyers to leap-frog established procedures to practice in England. The European Union Establishment Directive will allow all EU nationals working in the UK to become either solicitors or barristers after three years of working here. Currently, foreigners are […]

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Nabarro Nathanson wins London borough contract

The race for legal partnerships between commercial law firms and local authorities is hotting up with Nabarro Nathanson’s announcement that it has signed a unique deal with a London borough. Nabarros has signed a partnership agreement to join forces with south London borough Lewisham when pitching for local legal work. Under the arrangement, Nabarros has […]

Lovells beefs up New York office

Lovell White Durrant is reaffirming its US presence by poaching a partner from a Chicago firm. David Alberts, previously a partner at Chicago insurance firm Blatt Hammesfahr & Eaton, has joined Lovell’s New York office of counsel, specialising in insurance and reinsurance. The appointment comes just one month after Lovells opened a small office in […]

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