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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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DP World: how US politicians got in the way of the lawyers

Gemma Westacott on Freshfields’ and Linklaters’ scramble to save DP World’s acquisition of P&O DP World might have lost the battle to own and operate P&O’s US port operations, but it has won the war, so to speak, by finalising its takeover of the London-based company’s other international assets. Last Wednesday (15 March), DP World […]

Simon Clark: Collins Stewart Tullett

A settlement in the defamation case against the FT has allowed Collins Stewart Tullett head of legal Simon Clark to focus on the company’s raft of upcoming projects. Lorraine Cushnie reports It has been an extraordinary 18 months for the legal team at Collins Stewart Tullett. During that time they have been involved in the […]

Title recital

The name-tweaking over at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart etc etc appears to have abated, with the firm sticking with the dropped ‘Jones’, the oddly placed ampersand and the latter part of a monicker (‘LNG’) that is more reminiscent of an oil refinery than a law firm. Still, as London managing partner Tony Griffiths put it: “At […]

Home advantage

Ireland’s structured credit market has undergone huge development in recent years. Hugh Beattie looks at how the country must make the most of the boom The explosive growth in structured credit in the past few years has brought some interesting and innovative deals to Ireland, initially as a jurisdiction of domicile and more recently as […]

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SJ Berwin assistant Angharad Evans has been appointed to the board of Ffilm Wales, a new agency established by the Arts Council for Wales and the Welsh Development Agency. SJ Berwin assistant Angharad Evans has been appointed to the board of Ffilm Wales, a new agency established by the Arts Council for Wales and the […]

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