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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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Sea-change on the horizon for water?

Cyrus Mehta, head of EC, Nabarro Nathanson James Quinney, senior solicitor, Herbert Smith Richard Temple, senior solicitor, Herbert Smith AT PRESENT no UK water group can buy or merge with another group worth more than £30m without the deal being referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Comm-ission, now referred to as the Competition Commission. Companies […]

Theodore Goddard takes head of banking from outside the law

Theodore Goddard is taking the unprecedented step of appointing a non-lawyer to its head of banking as the department undergoes an internal reorganisation.Nigel West, who joined the firm in 1996 as director of structured finance, heads the banking department which has absorbed Theo-dore Goddard’s PFI, asset finance and structured finance units.The banking and finance department […]

Would-be silks set to pay £220 just to apply

Would-be QCs must come up with the funds for the silk selection process themselves in future, the Government has decided.As the Access to Justice Bill proceeded through its second reading, Minister of State at the Lord Chancellor’s Department Geoff Hoon told the Commons that the taxpayer should no longer have to bear the estimated £120,000 […]

It's been a bad week for…

Alan Rashid of Cardiff. Having been found not guilty to the charge of threatening to kill, Rashid was promptly sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by Judge Michael Gibbon. It seems that a frog in the throat of the juror swallowed the vital word “not” as he was delivering the not guilty verdict, leaving the court […]

Eversheds' Moscow office poaches McDermotts team

Eversheds has poached nearly the entire team of McDermott Will & Emery’s Moscow practice, The Lawyer can reveal.Eversheds initially lured McDermotts’ Moscow managing partner Britt Shaw at the end of 1998. The firm had had a working relationship with Shaw before its merger with Frere Cholmeley Bischoff.The other founding partner of McDermotts’ Moscow practice Dan […]

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