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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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Eversheds builds with London merger

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Court of Appeal: costs draftsmen can be included in success fees

Work carried out by external cost assessors can be taken into account by firms calculating success fees on conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), the Court of Appeal has ruled. The ruling marks a victory for trade union firm Rowley Ashworth, which brought the case to clarify the law on costs. The case was sparked after defendant […]

Mayer Brown lands A&O insolvency ace

Mayer Brown is beefing up its restructuring and insolvency practice with the appointment of Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate Ashley Katz. Katz will take up his role as a partner at Mayer Brown on 4 February, working under European finance head Ian Coles. Katz’s practice focuses on all aspects of financial restructuring and insolvencies. […]

Separated at birth

As Jim Rishwain gears up for a full-blooded attack on the UK market, it’s fair to say that a level-head and a degree of tact are paramount to the future success of his firm. The Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman chairman will do well then to avoid any of the ill-timed irascible outbursts that we’ve come […]

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