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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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Scotland

Scottish chiefs split over future of the market

A growing divide is emerging in the Scottish legal market as more firms opt for consolidation as a means to expansion, with Pinsent Masons’ Scottish chair Kirk Murdoch advocating that internationalisation is the only route forward. In an opinion piece today, Murdoch – who was formerly senior partner of McGrigors – writes that internationalisation is […]

All-in@EiG 2013: gaming update

To coincide with the 12th European iGaming Congress and Expo, DLA Piper’s gaming team has launched All-In@EiG 2013, a resource containing updates and analysis of topical legal and regulatory issues across the globe. This year’s publication includes articles from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US. If you are registered and logged […]

Breach of trust: AIB v Redler update

In AIB v Redler & Co, the Court of Appeal decided that, although solicitors had acted in breach of trust by failing to obtain a first legal charge against a property in favour of their client, losses were limited to the additional security that a first legal charge would have provided. In summary, AIB sought to recover its […]

NATS

National Air Traffic Services AGC: Blue-sky thinker

Darren Riley, assistant GC at National Air Traffic Services, deals with everything from volcanic ash clouds to international airspace agreements Most general counsel do not find themselves in the somewhat tricky position of having to try to “get the whole world moving again”, as National Air Traffic Services (Nats) assistant general counsel Darren Riley did […]

M&A is here to stay

Some good tidings: M&A lawyers are reporting a distinct uptick in the volume of deals. Click on the links below for the last few months’ round-up of corporate transactions, including deal of the month, partner of the month and associate of the month. To let us know your latest deals, email natalie.stanton@thelawyer.com Deals round-up: Home […]

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