Litigation Personal Injury 20/9/99

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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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Waiting for the dust to settle in Indonesia

Where there is danger there is opportunity,” says Angeline Suparto, head of the Indonesian practice group at Asian firm Colin Ng & Partners, quoting a famous local proverb. Suparto is optimistic about the outlook for Indonesia despite the intermittent political crises which have brought setbacks to economic recovery. It has been a turbulent year for […]

Kuit Steinart head takes in-house role

Manchester-based Kuit Steinart Levy’s managing partner is stepping down after 20 years at the firm to take over as managing director at Airline Services. Bryan Bodek will join the airline support services company next year. He is already a non-executive director at Airline Services, which has been one of Kuit Steinart Levy’s clients since 1988. […]

Scuffle of the week

Jack Straw and ‘so-called civil liberties lawyers’. The Home Secretary this week moved his attack from the people who clean BMW windscreens at traffic lights to those who drive them. In a speech to the Police Superintendents’ Association, Straw accused lawyers of “‘running a campaign’ against his plans for anti-social behaviour orders. ‘They represent the […]

Cameron McKenna stalls equity changes

Cameron McKenna has failed to pass changes to its equity partners status in a first vote. The changes, which will abolish the distinction between senior and junior equity partners and increase the bonus pool, were first revealed by The Lawyer (6 September). A first vote last week resulted in 70 per cent of the partnership […]

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