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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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In brief: Roger Venne

Roger Venne has been appointed the first head of the Civil Appeals Office. He will oversee the administration and management of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division). Venne will also perform certain judicial functions previously undertaken by the former Registry of Civil Appeals. Venne was previously deputy secretary of commissions at the Lord Chancellor’s Department.

Case of the week

24-year-old rugby player Ben Smoldon will receive almost u2m damages in a landmark settlement with the Rugby Football Union. Smoldon, who is confined to a wheelchair, was represented by Leigh Day & Co, who claimed the referee failed to enforce the rules in a game eight years ago in which Smoldon broke his neck.

Costs to rise under Woolf warns Laytons

CITY FIRM Laytons is warning its clients that the imminent Woolf reforms will spell “more expensive, time-consuming and burdensome” dispute resolution.Litigation partner Richard Harrison is urging other firms to follow suit before the Civil Procedure Rules come into force on 26 April.Otherwise, Harrison says, the legal profession will become the “fall guy” and face wave […]

Woolf at the courtroom door

Many lawyers may well find themselves agreeing with TS Eliot this year when he said that April was the cruellest month. On 26 April, Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms take effect, and there is a strong potential that ancillary professional negligence claims against lawyers will skyrocket.Lord Woolf’s intention is to eliminate “the twin evils of […]

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