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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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Bird & Bird projects 20 per cent PEP rise at half-year

Bird & Bird’s continued European expansion has helped it to a 22 per cent increase in revenues at the half-year point. But the rapid international growth, which saw it reach 13 offices in 10 jurisdictions this year, has not hurt the bottom line. Chief executive David Kerr said profits lagged only slightly behind revenues in […]

Goodbodys, Dillons top Ireland’s funds league table

A&L Goodbody and Dillon Eustace have scooped the bulk of Ireland’s funds work as the value of funds services there approached the $1tr (£566bn) mark. Dillons topped the table for the second year running, remaining the largest legal adviser of funds in Dublin with 792. Goodbodys is its nearest rival in second place, advising on 573 funds, […]

Switzerland

Switzerland may still have the reputation for discreet banking, but dubious funds can no longer take advantage of Swiss banking secrecy laws. Michael Fisher reports

Mother’s ruin is lawyer’s shoo-in

The concept of work-life balance is really being embraced these days among lawyers. Few, though, have done as well at marrying business and pleasure than former Addleshaws partner Susannah Sheppard. Sheppard, a competition specialist, is the sole UK distributor of Xoriguer gin, a tipple that hails from (and has until now only been available on) […]

Shearman opts for yearly pay reviews

Shearman & Sterling‘s associates will no longer enjoy six-monthly pay reviews following an overhaul of the London office’s salary system. Going against Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) 20 per cent pay hike last month (October), Shearman has instead decided to pare down its salary reviews to a single annual review in May from next year. The […]

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