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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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Mackay urges cultural understanding

THE LORD Chancellor says he wants to see an end to ignorance about different cultures in the legal system. Speaking at this year’s Kapila Lecture held at the Inns of Court School of Law, Lord Mackay said: “A person can unwittingly give an indication of unfairness if some aspect, say of a defendant’s culture, is […]

AIM to the rescue in computer 'crisis'

Helen Sage reports AIM Professional has identified a need among its clients for crisis consultancy in the event of computer theft and damage. The company is offering eight hours of free “crisis consultancy” to all existing and potential customers. This year 10 AIM users have lost vital computer equipment through burglary, flooding and electrical storm […]

Euro secondment

Cameron Markby Hewitt European competition and energy law specialist Sue Hankey has been seconded to the University of Dundee’s Centre for Petroleum/Mineral Law and Policy. Hankey will act as project manager and principal legal consultant on a European Commission technical assistance contract to provide advice on energy laws and policy in the Ukraine. The tender, […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Andrea McWatt

Andrea McWatt is a partner specialising in employment law at Manchester-based Davies Wallis Foyster. Born in South America in 1949, she now lives in Manchester. What was your first job? Training officer, Road Transport Industry Training Board. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £4,500. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

In brief: Merger for Sussex firms

Sussex law firms Wynne Baxter Godfree and Lewis Holman & Lawrence have announced their merger. The combined Lewes and Uckfield firm, which will practice under the name of Wynne Baxter Godfree incorporating Lewis Holman & Lawrence, will be headed by Wynnes senior partner Martin Costin. Lewis Holman senior partner Maureen Samuels becomes a consultant.

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