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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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Change due for small claims court

A report on small claims courts by Consumers’ Association magazine Which? has met with a cautious welcome from the Law Society. But the report’s most important recommendation, to increase the limit on the value of cases from u1,000 to u5,000, will be controversial. Suzanne Burn, secretary of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee, says any […]

DEFENCE CUTS

Defence cuts have seen the army legal team cut in size but it continues to bear up well to the squeeze. Army Legal Services (ALS) now has 53 lawyers. Before Options for Change – the services’ fundamental review – swung into action, the number was 58. But the aim of the cuts is to shave […]

Care centres meet with approval

Family lawyers have welcomed the opening of nine new care and family hearing centres. Eileen Pembridge, chair of the Law Society’s family law committee, says waiting times have been growing and travelling has proved a problem in some areas. The Lord Chancellor’s Department decided to increase the number of nominated County Courts after a review […]

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Faced with the question “Would you like to go shopping for a work outfit with a professional clothes consultant, all expenses paid?” what could any self-respecting City solicitor say but “yes”? Clothes shopping is something I rarely have time to enjoy, and rather than make costly mistakes I have tended to buy what I know […]

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