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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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‘Sack’ in haste, repent at leisure

So, Meic Sullivan-Gould, the energetic borough solicitor at the London Borough of Hackney, has left (see page 5). Hackney portrays Sullivan-Gould’s departure as an amicable split. But when one of your staff is given just five days to move on (including the weekend), it doesn’t quite wash. Sullivan-Gould left as part of a management shake-up […]

BAE admits using private eyes against CAAT

BAE Systems has admitted that it paid private investigators to gather information about a campaign group it is battling in court. The aerospace giant confessed that it paid £2,500 per month to LigneDeux Associates, a private investigation agency which passed information about Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) to BAE’s director of security, Mike McGinty. […]

Carter Review spurs Bar Council to assess standards

The Bar Council has kick-started a consultation into how to ensure quality of courtroom advocacy following the Carter Review. The measures that have been proposed include the introduction of a quality-assurance grading scheme for publicly funded advocates – an idea put forward by Lord Carter in his review of legal aid. Geoffrey Vos QC, chair […]

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