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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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Securities and Futures Authority (SFA) legal adviser Susan Dunnett is the latest to join Hammond Suddards expanding banking and financial services group, following the recruiting of Bruce Gardner from SJ Berwin. Dunnett was assistant solicitor at Theodore Goddard before becoming senior legal adviser at the SFA. The group also recently recruited barrister Iona Levine, a […]

Mears attacks Law Soc's use of barristers for advice

The Law Society Council will this week vote on a proposal by former president Martin Mears to go to City solicitors rather than barristers when seeking legal opinion on policy options. During Mears’ term of office many of his policy initiatives – setting a minimum conveyancing fee, restricting entry to the profession – were scuppered […]

The charge of the legal Light Brigade

With several well-known names from the financial sector appearing in court and hitting the headlines, this area of litigation is proving lucrative for lawyers on both sides of the profession. Inevitably, there is a certain amount of overlap with the commercial Bar. This list of barristers is not exhaustive, but it is based on the […]

Extradition moves

Representatives of the Home Office have made a “firm offer” to Spanish lawyers to visit their counterparts in the UK so that British drug barons and money launderers who are operating from the Costa del Sol can be extradited without “hiccups”. Home Office Parliamentary under-secretary with responsibility for drugs, Tom Sackville, made the offer to […]

London firms call a halt to merger talks

Merger talks between Bailey Shaw & Gillet and Wedlake Bell have broken down. The two medium-sized London firms had confirmed they were in talks last November. Now, in a joint statement, Mark Hodgkinson, the Baileys partner in charge of negotiating the merger, and Bob Salter, managing partner at Wedlake Bell, have announced a halt to […]

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