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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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Smaller firms threaten to axe training schemes

A medium-sized firm has said it is considering dropping its training scheme after losing too many of its newly qualified solicitors to the richer City firms. Thomas Eggar Church Adams, a top-five South East firm, is understood to be debating the matter at a partners’ meeting this week. For the past few years the firm […]

Long road to justice

Tom O’Sullivan speaks to Albie Sachs, a former ANC activust who is now a judge fighting for a new South Africa At the age of 28 the young lawyer and ANC activist was imprisoned. At 31 he left South Africa. At 52 he was blown up and almost killed by the South African secret service, […]

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A former Baker & McKenzie partner who left the law to become an artist is graduating this month from Wimbledon School of Art. Richard Davidson was a member of Baker & McKenzie’s international executive committee for four years before he left in 1995 to explore city life in paint. Some of his paintings, including the […]

Amnesty highlights lawyer persecution

Amnesty International’s 1999 annual report records a disturbing increase in the persecution of lawyers worldwide. The report details a range of human rights abuses committed by governments and armed opposition groups in 142 countries, highlighting “the extreme danger facing lawyers in many countries”, such as Northern Ireland and El Salvador. An Amnesty International spokesman says: […]

The future lies in a truly integrated approach

City firms are busy bringing in specialists from outside the profession. Soon clients will turn up at meetings with firms and find themselves confronted with economists, political analysts and even environmentalists. Ashurst Morris Crisp has a former Indian government official to advise on political matters on the sub-continent, Cameron McKenna employs an expert on Polish […]

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