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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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A&O names Shearman joiner as German managing partner

Allen & Overy has named a relative newcomer to the firm as its next German managing partner, with the incumbent preparing to step down at the end of this year. Gottfried Breuninger, who joined the magic circle firm in 2008 from the Munich office of Shearman & Sterling, has been appointed to the role, according […]

QEB Hollis moves to the City in spirit of competitive advantage

Criminal set QEB Hollis Whiteman is to swap the Inns of Court for the City in an effort to expand its ­regulatory and white-collar crime practices. The set is departing from bar tradition by opening an office on London’s Cannon Street. “Diversification is our watchword,” said the set’s Mark Ellison QC, adding that the move […]

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A&O, SJ Berwin and Links lead on Iceland’s debt-reduction bid

Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and SJ Berwin have bagged the key mandates on the Central Bank of Iceland’s (CBI) purchase of e938m (£808.44m) in bonds issued by Dutch company Avens in a bid to reduce the country’s external debt. SJ Berwin structured finance partner Vanessa Therrode, who took over as head of the team last year following the departure of […]

Bircham Dyson Bell names new senior partner

Bircham Dyson Bell residential and leasehold reform head John Stephenson has taken over as the firm’s senior partner from today. Stephenson succeeds Ian McCulloch for a three-year term after an uncontested election. McCulloch decided to step down from the position after 13 years in the role and will return to full-time fee-earning. Stephenson commented: “I’m […]

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