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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: Finers appoints construction expert

London practice Finers has taken on construction specialist Jonathan Collins as a partner. Collins, who has a special interest in and has advised on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994, joins from Lewis Silkin where he was a partner. He will help Finers develop its construction law group and brings the firm’s partner count […]

Outlaw age discrimination urges report

LEGISLATION to outlaw age discrimination in employment is recommended by a report from the Law Society’s employment law committee. The report, ‘Age discrimination and employment law’, said persuasion and voluntary action had a part to play against ageism, but “lasting change will only come with legislation”. Janet Gaymer, committee chair and partner of City firm […]

In brief: Wilkinson Maughan advises university

North east law firm Wilkinson Maughan has been appointed legal adviser to the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Six local firms, which have not been named, tendered for the work. The 24-partner firm, based in Newcastle, also has an office in the City. Wilkinson Maughan partner Michael Spriggs said: “We are delighted by the appointment.”

Double defeat for presidential duo

A CONVEYANCING fees and complaints handling double whammy of defeats has hit the Law Society presidency. Martin Mears’ and his deputy Robert Sayer’s campaign to end cut-price conveyancing was in tatters after last week’s council meeting when they abandoned their scheme to use the indemnity fund to force up fees. The vice-president put a brave […]

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Manches & Co acted for Reed International in the sale of its leasehold interest in 83 Piccadilly and 29 Bolton Street, London W1, to Warnford Investments for £8.2 million. Nicholson Graham & Jones acted for Warnford Investments.

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