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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 total number of legal jobs under threat in The Lawyer’s UK 200 is 2,071 following the news that Macfarlanes has launched a redundancy consultation with 14 members of staff. Seven of these are real estate lawyers; the other seven are corporate and real estate secretaries. Meanwhile, redundancy consultations have ­finished at Bircham Dyson Bell, […]

Bircham to steer £300m Leeds guided bus scheme

Bircham Dyson Bell has beaten off competition from two firms in a beauty parade to advise Metro, the West Yorkshire passenger transport executive, on a £300m transport system for Leeds. It will advise Metro on the powers needed to authorise the scheme, which is likely to require an order under the Transport and Works Act, […]

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Keystone Law

Keystone Law” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15733_P7_keystone.jpg” />Despite the economic downturn straining many firms, the regenerated Keystone Law is in full swing. “There’s so much happening,” says managing ­partner James Knight. “We’re growing quicker than we ever have and we’re looking for more staff. Even commercial property is growing quickly. ” Formerly Lawyers Direct, the firm changed […]

WilmerHale moots Shanghai launch

WilmerHale is in the early stages of applying for a licence to practise in Shanghai, part of a strategy aimed at extending the US firm’s Asian platform. Currently, WilmerHale’s only Asian office is its Beijing base, which opened in 2004 and is headed jointly by corporate partners Lester Ross and Robert Woll. Yesterday (21 January), […]

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Ecclestone ditches Withers for Manches in divorce

Withers for Manches in divorce” />Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has parted company with his divorce lawyers at Withers in favour of Manches’ Helen Ward, The Lawyer can reveal. Ecclestone’s wife Slavica Ecclestone filed for divorce last November after being married to the billionaire for 24 years. She instructed Clintons partner Liz Vernon to represent […]

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