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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: Appeal judge president of mining group

Barrister Sir Peter Millett QC, a Lord Justice of Appeal, has been named as the new president of the Mining and Mineral Law Group. Millett, who took silk in 1973, was frequently involved in mining law issues following his appointment to the High Court in 1986. Founded last year, the group has a 60-strong membership […]

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Steve Orchard, Legal Aid Board (LAB) chief executive: “What he [criminal legal aid lawyer Roy Douglas] said came out of an orifice and it wasn’t between his ears.” Paul Boateng, Labour legal affairs spokesman: “I have to say to you that there is no more money for legal aid.” Roger Smith, Legal Action Group director: […]

Firms to lose out as AA drops scheme

MORE than 350 law firms face losing work from the AA following the motoring organisation’s decision to drop free legal advice for members accused of driving offences. They will have to win more clients independently rather than having them referred by the AA’s in-house lawyers. Peter Newman, head of the AA’s legal services department, says […]

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