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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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A SENIOR Law Society council member, who has just withdrawn his candidature to be- come its deputy treasurer, is being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors. Robin ap Cynan withdrew from the deputy treasurer election contest last week, in a surprise move which leaves Robert Sayer free to continue in the post. […]

Bolton firm rises from the ashes after suspected arson attack

A FIREproof storage room protected the vast majority of a Bolton private client firm’s documents from going up in smoke after it fell victim to a suspected arson attack. The 120-year-old offices of the two-partner firm Hulton Bailey were completely gutted in the fire on 25 January and it has been forced to relocate to […]

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Allen & Overy acted for ABN Amro, Bank of America and UBS in arranging a £1.25bn syndicated loan for Entergy Power UK to fund its acquisition of London Electricity. Entergy was advised on the loan by Clifford Chance.

Invaders that never came

When the Scandinavian Law Alliance was launched seven years ago, bringing together some of the best legal names in the region – Sweden’s Advokatfirman Vinge, Denmark’s Kromann & Munter and Norway’s Thomessen Krefting Greve Lund – the question of Scandinavian legal cooperation was put squarely on the agenda. Because of the trio’s grand ambitions, which […]

SIF faces calls for independent probe

MEMBERS of the Law Society’s ruling council have demanded an independent inquiry into the circumstances behind the Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s shock announcement of a £248m shortfall in contributions. Concern has also been expressed at the manner of last month’s announcement by the SIF that law firms faced a possible 30 per cent hike in their […]

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