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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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The institution that is the Lawyers’ Fishing Club is casting around for members again. Tulkinghorn is only too happy to help promote the worthy cause. Each year the club holds its beginners’ day, “the flourish with which we begin the season’s events”, as Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw real estate partner and fishing club stalwart […]

Scottish bar looks to ape England’s ‘dynamism’

The Scottish bar is making swift efforts to parallel the English bar’s marketing and hospitality strategies, despite English efforts to crack down on the practices. The move comes as the English Bar Standards Board closed its consultation last Thursday (1 March) which looked at whether entertainment of solicitors and other clients by barristers in England […]

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Talk to a managing partner about diversity and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get 20 interupted, breathless minutes of politically correct, cliché-laden claptrap. And Tulkinghorn Towers has been overwhelmed in recent weeks with firms eager to publicise their diversity statistics in The Lawyer‘s forthcoming Careers Report. So Tulkinghorn was more than a little taken aback […]

MFB wins ECJ date to solve jurisdiction conundrum

Maritime law firm MFB Solicitors has won a referral to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on a key question regarding arbitration governance. The point at issue is whether a court of a member state can grant an anti-suit injunction to restrain a party from bringing proceedings in a court of another member state where […]

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