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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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SIF finds replacement chairman

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has recruited former Davies Arnold Cooper managing partner David McIntosh as chair. McIntosh has been appointed to replace Paul Marsh, who recently retired from the SIF board. His appointment comes as the SIF prepares to start returning £25.1m in contributions to the profession. The payment, which must be madebefore 30 […]

Doughty Street aids Guardian victory

The Guardian’s in-house legal team went straight to Doughty Street last night to fend off the Attorney-General’s threat to gag the newspaper’s story on cash for honours affair. Lawyer Nuala Cosgrove, soon to be The Guardian’s director of editorial legal services, and Andrew Nicol QC of Doughty Street successfully resisted Lord Goldsmith’s attempt to prevent […]

A&O Italy banking team caught cold by winters of discontent

February is the cruellest month as far as Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Italian arm is concerned. Last month saw the firm lose banking and finance head Giancarlo Castorino and partner Davide Mencacci. In February last year projects head Franco Vigliano and banking stars Andrea Arosio and Dario Longo quit the firm. The series of departures […]

City Law Soc kickstarts lobbying campaign

The City of London Law Society (CLLS) announced today (5 March) its plan to intensify its lobbying campaigns. The CLLS, which represents 12,000 solicitors whose combined billing power is in excess of £16bn, will be pushing hard to ensure there are appropriate facilities in London for commercial dispute resolution and adequate training for City lawyers. […]

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