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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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In brief: Andersens withstands Texas allegations

Arthur Andersen has survived an 11-month investigation in Texas over allegations that the firm had engaged in the unauthorised practice of law. According to Andersens, the dispute centred on tax advice, which has historically been offered by both accountants and lawyers in the state.

In brief: Brighton walks off with first Lexcel award

The Law Society has awarded its first ever Lexcel quality mark to Brighton & Hove Council’s legal team (pictured above (l-r) Claer Lloyd Jones, Charlotte Snazell,John Heys, Bob Bruce and Alex Bailey). The award – which recognises adherence to the society’s practice management standards – was made after a two-day inspection.

CPS lawyers lament Falconer's departure

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers have reacted with disappointment to Solicitor General Lord Falconer’s departure from the Attorney General’s Department to take up a more senior post. The ebullient former barrister and close friend of the Blairs was one of the winners in last week’s reshuffle when he was promoted to become Jack Cunningham’s deputy […]

Sowing doubt over engineered crops

A new firm has found recognition after representing an organic farmer in a dispute over genetic engineering, writes Roger Pearson. Just one month after setting up in practice, two-partner firm Earthrights Solicitors, of Takeley in Essex, has found itself in the High Court and the Court of Appeal facing formidable opposition – in the form […]

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