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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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Sacked Mirror editor turns to former adversary Schillings to smooth exit

Just weeks after its landmark victory over the Daily Mirror in the Naomi Campbell case, Schillings has again been instructed to act against the tabloid, this time by its former editor Piers Morgan. Just weeks after its landmark victory over the Daily Mirror in the Naomi Campbell case, Schillings has again been instructed to act […]

Bingham makes triple hire to boost broker-dealer practice

Bingham McCutchen is continuing its aggressive push to build its broker-dealer practice by recruiting a trio of experts from UBS Financial Services, Morgan Stanley DW and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. The hires provide a cross-state boost to the firm’s 70-strong broker-dealer group. Eric Seltzer, the former deputy counsel and senior vice-president of UBS Financial Services, […]

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Clifford Chance left on the shelf by Safeway

Clifford Chance has lost Safeway as a client following the departure of the supermarket’s legal director and company secretary. David Wilson, who joined Safeway in September 2001, left the supermarket after it was taken over by rival Wm Morrison in March. His departure coincided with a major management shake-up at Safeway, which also saw Wilson’s […]

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