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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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To advise or not to advise?

The Prince Jefri ruling highlights MDP flaws, says Rita Lowe. Rita Lowe is an insolvency partner at Cameron McKenna. The difference between the way accountants and lawyers apply conflict of interest rules was brought into stark contrast this month in a judgment that could affect the development of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). Two weeks ago, the […]

Low-key Bar Council conference aims to avoid the headlines

This year the Bar Council has decided to play safe and concentrate on the Human Rights Bill, reports Shaun Pye. The Bar Council was cock-a-hoop last year when newly elected Home Secretary Jack Straw agreed to address its annual conference. The Bar Council’s enthusiasm no doubt waned as Straw methodically laid into the profession, blasting […]

Lovells poaches Cheffings to boost property litigation

Lovell White Durrant has launched a fresh attempt to kick-start its property litigation business by head-hunting a leader in the field – Nicholas Cheffings from rival Nabarro Nathanson. Cheffings will join Lovells in January as head of property litigation, leapfrogging the firm’s only other property litigation partner, Anne Waltham. Cheffings will replace the highly rated […]

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Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Asylum appeal made before Immigration Act was in force R v (1) The Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) A special adjudic ator, ex parte Nargis Chowdry (1998) Court: CA (Lord Woolf MR, Potter […]

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