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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 gives a rejig to global strategy

Eversheds has undergone a formal internal reorganisation of its global strategy team It has appointed a dedicated list of partners to deal with global clients in a move that is hoped will consolidate relationships across the board. The reshuffle comes in the wake of Victor Semmens’ retirement, the former head of international and ex-chairman of […]

Brummed out

Birmingham insurance teams are going down like flies, but the market is apparently fine. Emma Vere-Jones finds out what’s really happening One could be forgiven for thinking that life must be bleak in the Birmingham insurance market at the moment. Two weeks ago, as revealed in The Lawyer (6 May), Eversheds closed its Birmingham insurance […]

Sonnenschein in New York merger

Chicago-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has upped its New York presence by merging with RubinBaum The combined firm will have 135 lawyers in New York, with around 50 RubinBaum attorneys moving into Sonnenschein’s office.Sonnenschein’s New York managing partner Robert Winikoff said that the firm was focused on boosting its New York office. Within the next […]

Eversheds looks for Dutch ally as Boekel link folds…

Eversheds is in the market for a new merger partner in the Netherlands after agreeing to break off its exclusive association with Boekel de Nerée The decision – revealed last week on www.thelawyer. com/lawyernews – comes as litigation partner Alan Jenkins steps into the role of international director, previously held by Victor Semmens, who retires […]

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