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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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Appeal Court judgments should be on the Internet, says report

Elizabeth Davidson reports A MAJOR review of the Court of Appeal’s civil division has called for all of its judgments to be made available on the World Wide Web. The report, written by a panel of six authors and chaired by former Price Waterhouse senior partner Sir Jeffery Bowman, was commissioned before the election by […]

The watchdog needs a firm hand

Maeve Bromwich welcomes the Financial Services Authority, but says the risk of over-regulation by one unified body is very real. Maeve Bromwich is a partner-designate at Manches & Co. The long-awaited launch of the new super regulator took place last month when Gordon Brown announced that Newro would be called the Financial Services Authority (FSA) […]

Housing lawyers prepare to battle small claims reforms

A SECOND front will be opened up against the Government’s legal reform blueprint when it publishes its consultation paper on raising the small claims threshold from £3,000 to £5,000 this week. The Legal Action Group (LAG) has joined housing lawyers in warning that tenants being victimised and exploited by their landlords will lose out under […]

LA firm in London seeks UK-qualifieds

Los Angeles firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is looking to take on its first UK-qualified partners as part of a major expansion of its fledgling London office. Keith Ott, resident partner at the office, said that the firm wanted to bring on partners in telecoms, capital markets and transaction finance and was planning to […]

Gray's Inn helps out over-taxed practices

In an innovative commercial move, tax specialist set Gray’s Inn Chambers is outsourcing three of its junior barristers to at least six City and commercial solicitors’ firms with over-stretched tax departments. The trio – Conrad McDonnell, Hugh McKay and Aparna Nathan – charges an hourly rate, effectively acting as assistant solicitors. The three attend meetings […]

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