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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 […]

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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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Leigh Day loses bid to recover £5.8m legal costs in Iraq War case

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has ruled that the Leigh Day lawyers acquitted of professional misconduct will not recover their legal costs.

The human rights firm applied to have 75 per cent of its total costs – thought to be £7.5m before the SDT hearing – covered by the prosecuting body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), after the tribunal dismissed all of the allegations of misconduct against the firm’s co-founder Martyn Day and solicitors Sapna Milk and Anna Jennifer Crowther.

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