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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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Roger Pearson looks at the first piece of major lottery litigation SIB The High Court’s Family Division is set for the first major lottery litigation. Mukhtar Mohidin, who won £18 million on the lottery, is now locked in dispute with his wife Sayeeda over who gets the money. Mr Mohidin, 40, one-time Blackburn factory worker, […]

Fountain takes jump into marketing

John Malpas reports A BACKROOM shake-up at the largest UK set has created a new post with the dreaded term “marketing” in its title. But for the newly-appointed director of marketing at Five Fountain Court, the term has been one which barristers have been afraid to use for too long. The huge Birmingham set, which […]

Nabarros warns users of IT liability pitfalls

Top 10 law firm Nabarro Nathanson has advised IT suppliers and users to check that insurance policies cover them for all their liabilities. Their advice comes through a report issued by Nabarros in response to a series of multi-million pound cases brought by users against suppliers such as ICL, Ernst & Young and Dun & […]

Board rapped in BMA letter

DOCTORS have accused the Legal Aid Board of unrealistically raising the hopes of medical negligence plaintiffs by handing out legal aid casually. The claim, made in the British Medical Association’s response to Lord Mackay’s legal aid Green Paper, has been met with fury by personal injury lawyers and prompted a vigorous LAB defence of procedures. […]

Adopt or adapt code Bar warns chambers

A MODEL code for chambers is to be sent out to sets up and down the country to encourage them to adopt the Bar Council’s new Equality Code. Chambers will be encouraged to adopt or adapt the model code to bring them in line with the new Equality Code, which was agreed at the recent […]

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