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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 Milton Keynes and District Law Society responded to the solicitors’ indemnity consultation questionnaire having digested all the information then available. The thrust of the Law Society’s representation to local societies and members was that a mutual fund was not only cost-effective but had the overwhelming support of members. While we in Milton Keynes had […]

Eversheds eyes Veale Wasbrough for merger

Eversheds is understood to be in merger talks with 29-partner Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough. If the merger goes ahead it will be a significant boost to Eversheds’ as yet unfulfilled ambitions to rival the leading Bristol firms, such as Osborne Clarke, Bevan Ashford and Burges Salmon. Although Eversheds already has an office in Bristol, it […]

Local society changes tack to round on SIF

A local law society that initially backed the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has now blasted Chancery Lane for “fundamentally misleading” the profession. Milton Keynes and District Law Society was one of 19 law societies that called for the retention of SIF during the consultation on the future of solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance in the summer. […]

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“Lawyers drop their trousers” is the somewhat misleading title of a press release from Hampshire firm White & Bowker. Last Friday staff at all three of the firm’s offices came to work in their jeans as part of the national Jeans for Genes day. Led by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the appeal asked […]

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