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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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Hodge may lose seat in shake-up

Failed presidential canditate Henry Hodge could see his council seat disappear if proposals by vice-president Robert Sayer to abolish unelected seats are approved. Hodge, an outspoken critic of president Martin Mayers, would be the highest profile victim of the plan to replace the 14 unelected specialist seats on the council with seats directly elected by […]

Councils in court over asthma cases

TWO LONDON boroughs face judicial review next month over claims that they have failed to take action to reduce the incidence of asthma. Personal injury firm Leigh Day & Co is taking Bromley Council to court on 6 December after it refused to allow a four-year-old asthmatic resident to switch from a school situated by […]

Public prefers ADR, poll reveals

THE LEGAL profession has been urged to take note of a “resounding rejection” of court trials in an opinion poll on civil justice. The National Consumer Council has highlighted the “marked lack of enthusiasm for a full trial” displayed by the respondents to a civil justice survey it commissioned jointly with the BBC’s Law in […]

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