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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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Employment dispute

The legal battle between Tullett Prebon and arch rival BGC brokers captivated the City with its hostility and shone a spotlight on the highly competitive labour market that exists for financial institutions. The fight will reach a new level in December, when it is scheduled to come before the Court of Appeal.  The case has […]

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Dragon’s ken: Rhodri Lewis, Welsh Rugby Union

Welsh Rugby Union legal head Rhodri Lewis is hard at work getting the union’s legal function up to scratch – and loving every minute of it. People often claim to be in their dream job, but if you are a rugby-mad Welsh lawyer then you might want to look away now. Your dream job has […]

Another day, another Orrick merger proposal

Seemingly unabashed by a string of doomed romances, serial seducer Ralph Baxter is back. As reported on the TheLawyer.com today, the Orrick chairman is locked in talks about a potential tie-up with US firm Akin Gump (see story). If successful the combined firm would have more than 1,800 lawyers and a turnover of around $1.8bn. […]

Relationship breakdown

“All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Tolstoy could have had law firms in mind. While happy outfits show like-mindedness in areas such as outsourcing and transatlantic mergers, the legal profession’s most dysfunctional (former) member is continuing to show itself to be unlike any other. The […]

Maclay partner takes up GC role at Wood Group

Maclay Murray & Spens corporate partner Robbie Brown has left the firm to take up an in-house role at global energy business Wood Group. Brown, who was based in Maclay’s Edinburgh office, has relocated to Aberdeen to take up the group head of legal and company ­secretary position. He replaces Ian Johnson, who has left the company. Brown trained with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer […]

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