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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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Chancery Lane sets out EU agenda

The GENERAL public should have access to European Union meetings on proposed legislation, according to a manifesto issued by the Law Society of England and Wales. It was prepared by the Brussels office for the 1996 European Intergovernmental Con- ference (IGC), starting in Turin later this month. The paper claims the public should also have […]

Johnathan Arks welcomes more power to the landlords' arm.

Jonathan Arkush is a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings. The House of Lords’ decision in Hindcastle v Attenborough Associates is significant for its rejection of the long-standing Court of Appeal authority in Stacey v Hill (1901) 1 QB 660 which prevented a landlord from suing a guarantor for an original tenant who became insolvent while […]

In brief: Halliwell Landau clinches magazine sale

Manchester firm Halliwell Landau assisted in the sale of The New Statesman magazine, following the High Court clearing the way for transactions to proceed. The deal will transfer the publication’s assets and liabilities to new owner, Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson. It was sanctioned by Mr Justice Harman in the Companies Court. The sale follows the […]

In brief: New construction head for Lewis Silkin

London firm Lewis Silkin has recruited Helen Garthwaite as a partner to head the firm’s construction and engineering unit. Garthwaite, who left Nabarro Nathanson, specialises in negotiating and drafting documentation for construction and engineering projects. She is also experienced in advising on administration and resolution issues arising from contracts, including arbitration and dispute resolution.

Time to stop dealing behind closed doors at the IGC

Uncertainty about the agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference may decrease public support for the EU, says Rose D’Sa Secrecy is a common, perhaps indispensable, phenomenon of inter-governmental negotiations. Yet the lack of a clear, published agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Turin is particularly odd when viewed in the context of one of its […]

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