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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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Plymouth law firm Foot & Bowden, which netted itself an unusual client after a fishing boat caught a stray Ministry of Defence unmanned submarine in its nets. The firm is helping the fishermen claim a £150,000 salvage fee from the Government. Former Tory cabinet minister Lord Hunt, who received the unexpected privilege of being invited […]

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BBC 2 is holding a mock trial this week over three days (3-5 August). Real barristers – Rebecca Poulet QC and Christopher Sallon QC – will fight out the case of a fictional detective accused of blackmail. The programme will also follow the deliberations of the jury. On Thursday Ashurst Morris Crisp assistant Jeremy Goodwin […]

Trinidad and Tobago to be centre for Caribbean Court

Trinidad and Tobago is to be the seat of the new Caribbean Court of Justice in a move that will restore the region’s control over the lengthy appeals process in capital punishment cases. The new court will replace the Privy Council as the last court of appeal for death row cases in four of the […]

Investigate the investigative process

Justice’s latest report examines the legality of certain surveillance methods and looks forward to the new Human Rights Bill, says Madeleine Colvin. Madeleine Colvin is director of legal policy at Justice. Modern policing no longer relies solely or mainly on detection, confession and the hope that witnesses will come forward. Increasingly, police, customs and Excise […]

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