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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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Private move for specialist

Helen Sage reports Local authority specialist Sarah Frith has joined Hampshire firm Blake Lapthorn from the London Borough of Brent to help develop the firm’s local authority department. Frith spent three years at Brent as a procurement specialist. She helped create the largest externalised revenue and benefit contract in the UK and was legal adviser […]

Wheadon to run telecoms at Simmons

SIMMONS & Simmons has recruited a senior in-house communications lawyer to head its UK telecommunications group. Tom Wheadon joins the firm after spending a year working for the in-house legal team at cable company Videotron. Wheadon joins a London-based team of 16 lawyers, including six partners. The firm’s recent transactions include the flotations in London […]

Star team for ABA

As OJ Simpson returns to court for his second trial, the American Bar Association has set up a group to deal with high-profile trials. The ABA resource team for high-profile trials will comprise judges, prosecutors, defence counsel and media with experience in high-profile trials. It will advise judges and attorneys about management issues in high-profile […]

Surrey firm taken over after senior partner's retirement

A NICHE Surrey private-client firm has been taken over following the retirement through ill health of its senior partner, Theo Pike. Chertsey-based Paine & Brettell has been swallowed up by Guildford commercial and litigation firm Barlows. Although the takeover will not add any partners to Barlows’ 11-strong team, it will provide its Chertsey office with […]

Small firms stinting on management input, says survey

Medium-sized and small firms are not investing enough in practice management, says a survey by Otterburn Legal Consulting. The survey found that many medium and small firms were yet to appoint a managing partner and that not enough time was spent on practice management. It revealed that most firms expect their senior partners to combine […]

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