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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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Dyson to fill Neuberger’s shoes as Master of the Rolls

The Master of the Rolls (MR) Lord Neuberger is to be succeeded in the role by Supreme Court Justice Dyson when the former is elevated to Supreme Court president next month. The judicial shake-up comes two and half years after Dyson SCJ took up his position on the Supreme Court bench, overseeing some of the […]

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BSB criticised as barrister cleared of misconduct

A tribunal verdict that a legal disciplinary practice (LDP) barrister conducted litigation in breach of the bar’s codes has been overturned. Portia O’Connor was the first barrister to become a partner in an LDP when she set up Pegasus Legal in 2010. But a Bar Standards Board (BSB) disciplinary tribunal convicted her of professional misconduct […]

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Clifford Chance rehires US arbitrator after Chadbourne stint

Clifford Chance has added to its US disputes practice with the rehire of arbitration partner Ignacio Suárez Anzorena from Chadbourne & Parke’s Washington DC office. Anzorena, a former legal adviser to the Argentinian Attorney General, quit Clifford Chance in 2009 to join Chadbourne as a partner after five years as a lawyer in the magic […]

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William Fry moves into London to boost international profile

Irish firm William Fry is launching a London office in a bid to capitalise on Ireland’s growing international economy. The office will be headed by corporate partner Stephen Keogh, who focuses on M&A and private equity work. William Fry previously had a London office but closed it in 1998. Its domestic rivals all have a […]

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