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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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A&L Goodbody and Dillon Eustace have scooped the bulk of Ireland’s funds work as the value of funds services there approached the $1tr (£566bn) mark. Dillons topped the table for the second year running, remaining the largest legal adviser of funds in Dublin with 792. Goodbodys is its nearest rival in second place, advising on 573 funds, […]

Berrymans elects new senior partner

Berrymans Lace Mawer senior partner Paul Taylor is stepping down after 14 years at the helm of the insurance heavyweight, to be replaced by Terry Renouf. Executive board member Renouf was elected to the role and will take up office on 1 April 2006. He praised Taylor’s leadership, and said that he would maintain Berrymans’ […]

Dutch spilts caused by Continental Shift

Crisis meetings, office closures, partner walkouts: it doesn’t sound much like the Netherlands. But UK legal culture is infectious. De Brauw and Nauta Dutilh are finally starting to grapple with the strange concept of profitability. Until now the Dutch have had enough muscle to resist total invasion by the Brits, despite incursions by the magic […]

Switzerland

Switzerland may still have the reputation for discreet banking, but dubious funds can no longer take advantage of Swiss banking secrecy laws. Michael Fisher reports

Jersey: mediation

Jersey is catching up fast on the UK’s appetite for ADR. Gillian Robinson reports

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