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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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International head of private equity Simon Beswick to become managing partner from May 2003; Leslie Perrin to be Osborne Clarke’s first full-time senior partner Osborne Clarke has appointed managing partner Leslie Perrin as the firm’s first full-time senior partner and international head of private equity Simon Beswick as its next managing partner. Perrin will step […]

Wragges, Graf create international alliance

Former Osborne Clarke alliance partner picks Wragges after 14-month talks Wragge & Co has formed an exclusive alliance with top 20 German firm Graf von Westphalen Bappert & Modest, snapping up one of the last eligible firms in the German market. Partners at the two firms voted the deal through unanimously last week. Wragges managing […]

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Urgent news story just in – or out: Allen & Overy (A&O), international magic circle law firm and all that, has just won the Loo of the Year Award 2002 from the British Toilet Association. The firm is flushed with success after being voted number one for number twos and is bursting with pride to […]

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