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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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AUSTRALIAN judge Mr Justice Hampel QC headed a training event for would-be members of the Scottish Bar at Edinburgh’s Faculty of Advocates. Hampel, a judge in the Victoria Supreme Court, instructed the faculty’s pupil advocates – known as “devils” – in skills including examination in chief, cross examination and speeches to judge and jury. Training […]

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A woman who became pregnant after her partner had a vasectomy operation is suing for damages. Moira Carson, of Purley, Surrey, and Robert Stevens, have issued a writ against Richard Harris-Jones, of Cassidy Road Medical Centre, Cassidy Road, London SW6. They say that in November 1989 Harris-Jones performed a vasectomy on Mr Stevens, but Ms […]

In brief: Belling judicial review case dropped

An attempt to judicially review the Law Society over two rejections of a compensation claim by members of the pension scheme of crashed company Belling was dropped by trustee Law Debenture Trust after leave to appeal had been granted. The Law Society has agreed to reconsider the claim on 8 March. Sole practitioner Charles Deacon […]

Trainees suffer long hours and insecurity

TRAINEE and newly qualified solicitors are burdened with debt worries and fears they may lose their jobs, according to a report out this week. The Trainee Solicitors’ Group survey based on the responses of 148 solicitors to questionnaires shows 54 per cent are worried about job security and 51 per cent concerned about debt. Less […]

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