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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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DWS’s PEP rise contrasts with poor turnover

Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) half-year figures revealed an astounding 29 per cent jump in average profit per equity partner (PEP) on the same period last year. The firm is predicting PEP to hit £360,000 by the year-end. Should it achieve this, it will go some way towards repairing the damage done by the firm’s disappointing […]

Introduction: Partnerships

Is there anything closer to the heart of lawyers than the structure of their own partnerships? Numerous changes to the structure of partnerships are currently being debated,with forces at play such as the Government’s proposals to introduce multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs),which were unveiled last month (17 October).The recommendationsgo a step further than those made by Sir […]

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Simmons & Simmons is on track to achieve its ambitious profit target for next year after revenue for the first half was up by 10 per cent. Managing partner Mark Dawkins plans to take the average profit per equity partner, which currently stands at £385,000, up 17 per cent to more than £450,000 in 2006. […]

Regulatory Roundup

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is expected to deliver its much-anticipated decision regarding the pending merger of bookstore chains Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s. HMV Group, which owns rival bookstore chain Waterstone’s, made a formal £96.4m takeover

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