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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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Legal Task Force aims to protect employees with indemnity clause

A TASK Force of young solicitors and freelance practitioners has launched a model clause in a bid to stop partners suing their staff for negligence. The clause includes an indemnity by the employer against all liabilities and claims which might be made against a member of staff and pledges the firm will not attempt to […]

Property

DJ Freeman acted for Coin Street Community Builders in a property deal granting Harvey Nichols Restaurants a 25-year lease on the eighth floor of the London landmark OXO Tower Wharf. Harvey Nichols Restaurants was represented by Holman Fenwick & Willan.

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Education negligence cases predicted to soar

EDUCATION negligence cases may become as prolific as medical negligence claims, according to Teacher Stern Selby partner Jack Rabinowicz. Rabinowicz, an education law specialist at the London firm, has 50 education cases on his books, most of which followed a ruling made by the House of Lords which opened Local Educational Authorities (LEAs) to the […]

Reasons to be careful

A damages bill of £65 million and a final High Court judgment debt of £105 million; it happened to Binder Hamlyn and, warns Mark Chapman, it could happen to you On 6 December last year, the High Court awarded damages of £65 million to security systems company ADT as a result of its claim against […]

Bar may extend contact with witnesses

BARRISTERS will have the chance to do more pre-trial preparation work if new rules allowing greater contact with witnesses in the civil field are approved. The Bar Council is to consider the proposed rule change, which will allow counsel to draw up proofs of evidence with witnesses, at its meeting on Saturday. The proposals are […]

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