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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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No truth in local authority 'easy market', say lawyers

HOUSING lawyers have fought back against press reports which accuse them of profiting from council housing funds by touting for business among dissatisfied tenants. Lawyers were accused of forcing local authorities to spend up to 10 per cent of their housing repair budgets on litigation costs. The article which appeared in The Times last week […]

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BANKING ombudsman Laurence Shurman is to step down at the end of the year. Shurman gave up his managing partner post at Kingsley Napley in March 1989 to take up the ombudsman post. His pending retirement at the end of the year has prompted the Council of the Banking Ombudsman to advertise for a senior […]

Women's law event presses for equality

THE FOLLOW-UP to last year’s controversial ‘Woman Lawyer’ event promises to go much further in promoting the position of women in the legal profession. This year’s conference, ‘Woman Lawyer II’ which takes place on 20 April, hosts a range of leading barristers and solicitors who are directly involved in the equality debate. Chair of the […]

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