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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 St Paul launches ‘Lifeboat’ for LLPs

Professional indemnity insurer The St Paul is launching a new product especially for law firms that convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status. Securing limited liability by converting to LLP status is increasingly popular for law firms. But as well as losing unlimited liability, LLP members lose joint and several liability with their partners. If the […]

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The past year has been an eventful time in the technology outsourcing sector. Alistair Maughan gives the lowdown These are busy times for those involved in outsourcing. In deal terms, we have seen the Inland Revenue’s successful conclusion of the largest ‘second generation’ outsourcing retender and the conclusion of a series of projects designed to […]

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Gemma Charles meets Harry Mount, who has turned his horrific experiences at the bar into comic writing Wretchedness, it seems, is the defining characteristic of Harry Mount’s experience of pupillage. During our lunch, references to his time at the bar are rarely made without the word “misery” popping up. But despite his awful time, Mount’s […]

Cobbetts ramps up banking with double hire

Cobbetts has boosted its banking capability in Leeds with the hire of two new partners. Real estate finance expert Tracy Hall joined the firm from Eversheds’ Leeds office in April, while former Addleshaw Goddard corporate banking partner Richard Berry is set to join later this month. The hires bring the number of partners in Cobbetts’ […]

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