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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is parachuting a top-level corporate partner into its Tokyo office to stimulate a renewed focus on its Japanese offering. London-based team head James Wood will relocate in May to spearhead the Japan corporate team. Wood, whose clients include private equity house Warburg Pincus, said: “We’ve decided to really commit to the Japanese […]

Boutique ransacks CC for pensions boost

Niche pensions firm Sacker & Partners has poached a senior Clifford Chance associate as part of a concerted recruitment drive. Sarah Phillips has worked for the magic circle firm’s pensions team since qualifying in 2001. Her experience includes pensions litigation, trustee and employer advisory work and transactional work. Sacker senior partner Ian Pittaway said: “Given […]

Lovells hits jackpot for old casinos

Lovells has scooped a big win in advising the British Casinos Association (BCA) on the hearing against the Government’s rules surrounding the new super-casinos. The firm is advising the BCA as well as four other gaming companies, Gala, Ritz, London Clubs and Stanley Casinos, which will ask the High Court to order the Secretary of […]

Norton Rose brings in Climate Change guru

Norton Rose has signed up the man widely credited with writing the book on climate change and carbon trading law, Anthony Hobley, to head a brand new global practice. Hobley will lead the top 15 law firm’s global climate change and carbon finance practice, which will sit within the energy group. He leaves investment group […]

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