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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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Will break fees become the norm?

Richard Godden, partner, Linklaters Carol Shutkever, partner, Herbert Smith Tim Emmerson, partner, Freshfields The debate over the US practice of compensating companies which lose out on an acquisition to a counter-bidder is set to continue in the UK. The compensation, commonly known as a “break fee”, is a sum agreed between a bidding and target […]

DJ Freeman foils property partner exit

Rising star City firm Orchard thought it had scored a coup by poaching atop property partner from giant rival DJ Freeman.David Coupe even went so far as to announce his departure as deputy headof DJ Freeman’s property services team. An email was sent to all staffinforming them of his move. Orchard photographed him for publicity […]

Burges Salmon top partner dies

Bristol firm Burges Salmon’s head of employment George Dyson has died atthe age of 53.His death last week follows a fight of several months against skin cancer.Burges Salmon partner Christopher Seaton, who managed the employment teamduring Dyson’s illness, now formally takes on the role of head ofemployment.Dyson was regarded as the top employment lawyer in […]

New York City Bar cautiously welcomes MDP profit scheme

The New York City Bar has given its qualified support formultidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs).The Bar’s decision follows an American Bar Association (ABA) commission’srecommendation that lawyers should be allowed to share their profits withother professionals in MDPs.The executive committee says the “core values” of lawyers should prevailin an MDP. Its strongest objection is to MDPs providing both […]

In brief: Goldsmith Buildings

Goldsmith Buildings senior clerk Edith Robertson is the new chair of the Legal Practice Managers’ Association, replacing Christine Kings,practice manager at Doughty Street Chambers. Chambers director at Wilberforce Chambers Suzanne Cosgrave becomes deputy-chair and secretary, and One Garden Court’s chief executive Nicholas Martin becomes treasurer.

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