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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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Regular readers of Tulkinghorn – and what other kind are there? – will remember his scoop last summer concerning BPP Law School chief executive Peter Crisp, who received two Daschunds from his colleagues to celebrate his civil marriage to long-term partner Jeremy Crouch (‘A Man’s Best Friend’, 31 July 2006). Readers will be pleased to […]

Going north

The effects of a sustained period of underdevelopment in Northern Ireland look set to be reversed with a £16bn infrastructure overhaul. Lisa Boyd reports

Jam for DWF, SJB and Weil on Burton’s sale

The institutional buyout of the maker of Jammie Dodger biscuits and Wagon Wheels, Burton’s Foods, has gifted roles to the parties’ longstanding advisers. Burton’s Foods looked to north-west firm DWF while purchaser Duke Street Capital instructed SJ Berwin. Duke Street bought Burton’s off HM Capital for a sum understood to top £200m. HM Capital had […]

Vietnam govt steps up witch-hunt against peace campaigners

The Vietnamese government has launched one of the most severe crackdowns on peaceful dissidents in 20 years, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims. It has included the arrest of two of Vietnam’s few practising human rights lawyers earlier this month (March), both of whom have been charged with carrying out propaganda against the government […]

Corporate dominates again in latest Herbies promotions

Last week Herbert Smith became the first of the big City firms to announce its promotions for the coming financial year. The Lawyer’s research shows that in recent years corporate and M&A assistants have had the best chance for promotion to the Herbert Smith partnership. Indeed, the corporate division has had the biggest share of […]

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