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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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Beachcroft wins £4m for ex-Man U trainee

Beachcroft has secured former Manchester United hopeful Ben Collett more than £4m in ­compensation after his football career was prematurely ended by a negligent tackle during a 2003 reserve team game. Middlesbrough player Gary Smith and his club admitted ­liability for the injury. Manchester-based silk Richard Hartley QC of Cobden House Chambers, who represented Collett, […]

Split decisions

The EU’s efforts to reduce forum shopping for divorce cases – and potentially curtail the UK’s status as the top choice – has in reality created a minefield of legislation. It is not just Bond Street that is ­attracting shoppers to London. The UK capital’s courts are a hot destination too. Why? Because for divorcing […]

Cobbetts and Eversheds go to the top of the class for mining the equity gap

Eversheds go to the top of the class for mining the equity gap” />Cobbetts and Eversheds have emerged as the front-runners when it comes to advising on transactions in the so-called equity gap, according to research by financial information provider CorpfinWorldwide. Companies caught in the equity gap are defined as those that are too small […]

Simmons rejig sees global roles come to London

Simmons & Simmons has replaced two if its new international practice group (IPG) heads after just three months in the job. Corporate chief Damon Le Maitre-George (pictured), based in Hong Kong, and information, communications and technology (ICT) head Job Rietkerk in Rotterdam stood down this month to focus on practice groups in their respective jurisdictions. […]

Beijing bound

Beijing bound 15-August-2008In today’s Beijing Blog, Norton Rose associate Steven Towell talks about the changing landscape in the Chinese capital as the preparations for the Games gathered pace. In today’s Beijing Blog, Norton Rose associate Steven Towell talks about the changing landscape in the Chinese capital as the preparations for the Games gathered pace. It’s […]

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