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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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Ashurst Germany has enticed a corporate counsel away from Hengeler Mueller, Slaughter & May’s German best friend. Claudia Junker will join Ashurst’s equity partnership in its Frankfurt office’s corporate department, reported German magazine Juve. Hengeler has famously never lost a partner to a rival but that at a more junior level “it can happen that […]

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Disability: the final frontier?

How do attitudes towards recruiting and retaining people with disabilities compare with gender and ethnic equality? Karin Pappenheim, CEO of Employment Opportunities examines the latest developments in diversity employment in the legal sector. In a sector that demands continual improvements to stand out from the competition, law firms are realising the need to create a […]

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The Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) saga has finally come to a close after the £7.8bn offer by the Carlsberg and Heineken consortium was accepted. The Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) saga, one of the most heated and legally complex takeover battles of 2007, has finally come to a close after the £7.8bn offer by the Carlsberg […]

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In the UK, pitching for clients is a civilised affair. Firms are safe in the knowledge that their presentations are private and confidential. They know they will at least get a ‘thank you’ for their efforts – even if the firm fails to win the bid. In Russia, though, some pitches are more akin to […]

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