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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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New Russian front

The merger between Magisters and Russia’s Egorov Puginsky is a sign of the growing interest being shown in Ukraine by its powerful neighbour, says Dale McEwan Ukraine’s legal market has seen a relatively small amount of movement in the past year in comparison with other jurisdictions. The most significant transition was the announcement that the […]

Workplace & Diversity Awards showcases innovation in HR

The Lawyer Workplace & Diversity Awards ­(formerly The Lawyer HR Awards) reflect the fact that talent issues have become integral to strategic ­thinking at the highest level of law firm management. As the change of name implies, this year we have broadened the awards to take account of all ­constituencies involved in employee engagement. The ­ceremony will take place on 7 February 2012 […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna sees steady half-year growth

CMS Cameron McKenna has posted a half-year revenue of £106m – 5 per cent up on the same period in the 2010-11 financial year. At the half year point in 2009-10, turnover was also up five per cent on the previous financial year, at about £100m (7 December 2010). At the close of the 2010-11 […]

Government infrastructure plan could provide boost for regional firms

The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) could be a boon for smaller regional firms, though concerns remain among lawyers whether the plan will follow reality. The NIP was published as part of the Government’s Autumn Statement and sets out the “broad vision of the infrastructure investment required to underpin the UK’s growth”. On 29 November, […]

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