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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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Portugal: Call of port

As Portugal’s economy flourishes, the country’s legal market is seeing an influx of foreign firms. But any newcomers will have some way to go to topple the current big-hitters

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The Scottish bar is making swift efforts to parallel the English bar’s marketing and hospitality strategies, despite English efforts to crack down on the practices. The move comes as the English Bar Standards Board closed its consultation last Thursday (1 March) which looked at whether entertainment of solicitors and other clients by barristers in England […]

Doughty Street aids Guardian victory

The Guardian’s in-house legal team went straight to Doughty Street last night to fend off the Attorney-General’s threat to gag the newspaper’s story on cash for honours affair. Lawyer Nuala Cosgrove, soon to be The Guardian’s director of editorial legal services, and Andrew Nicol QC of Doughty Street successfully resisted Lord Goldsmith’s attempt to prevent […]

Cobbetts secures two property panel places

Cobbetts’ Manchester office has had a lucrative start to 2007, with its residential development team putting in a particularly strong performance by already being appointed to two property panels this year. It began with the team scooping a position on housebuilder Taylor Woodrow’s legal panel in January, joining firms including Walker Morris and Wragge & […]

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