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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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White & Case vows to appeal Deacons Hong Kong ruling

White & Case intends to appeal against Friday’s (27 October) ruling from the Hong Kong High Court that it behaved illegally when hiring a rated restructuring team from Deacons. The court ruled that White & Case encouraged two rated insolvency lawyers, Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns, to breach their partnership contracts and persuade clients to […]

For better or worse?

Increasing numbers of couples are entering into prenuptial agreements, but the courts are still making up their own minds. By Louise Spitz The landmark 2000 House of Lords’ decision in White v White continues to send ripples through the family law world. In that case, the Law Lords reiterated the importance of treating husbands and […]

Central defender

Advising three footballers on the media fallout of the alleged Grosvenor House rape has thrust Graham Shear into the limelight. Naomi Rovnick meets him Graham Shear has given me indigestion. We meet at lunchtime for what turns into a two-hour interview. But there is no lunch, so I’m forced to scoff a sarnie while hotfooting […]

Addleshaws boosts employment team

The arrival of former Manches senior partner and employment head Alasdair Simpson at Addleshaw Goddard last week will kickstart an expansion in the national firm’s London employment team, a spokesman claimed. Simpson, 36 years at Manches, has committed to Addleshaws for five years. He described his new role as “a challenge, unfettered from management”. The […]

Howard Kennedy makes Abbey panel

Howard Kennedy was appointed to Abbey’s commercial conveyancing panel last week following a competitive tendering process. Partner Jason Lewis (left), who led the pitch, said the firm has had a business banking relationship with Abbey for some years, but this was a “completely new” client to the firm. The Abbey beauty parade was led by […]

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