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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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Watson Farley lures two from Weil Gotshal, Paris

Watson Farley & Williams Paris has hired with two partners, Gilles Cervoni and Lucien Rapp, from the new Paris office of Weil Gotshal & Manges. The departures come only five months after Weil Gotshal merged with Serra Leavy & Cazals, where Cervoni and Rapp were both partners. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, 19 May

Belgium gains e100m to build new courts

The European Invest-ment Bank is advancing e100m (£71.2m) to Belgium to help fund the construction of two large judicial complexes in Liège and Mons. Each project will receive a e50m loan. In Liège, Belgium’s Régie des Bâtiments is building a new court of justice building integrated with the Palais des Princes-Evêques. It will house offices […]

Jacksons to split in two within months

North East firm Jacksons has announced that it is splitting its core areas of business into two new firms, with effect from 1 September. The move is aimed at giving the individual firms room to expand in their respective marketplaces. The firm’s insurance practice, which is on the panels of a number of high-profile insurance […]

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The £220m sale and leaseback of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise property portfolio, known as the Steps deal, used to be a matter of pride for Lovells. The deal with Mapeley, on which it advised the Government, confirmed Lovells’ place at the cutting edge of the property outsourcing market. Three years on, it […]

From Faking It to rakin’ it

Tulkinghorn is delighted to hear that former Ministry of Sound MC and Freshfields associate George Lubega has returned to the law with Masons. Lubega shot to fame on Channel 4 reality TV show Faking It and took the opportunity to get the hell out of Freshfields. In fact, he got so far out of Freshfields […]

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