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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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Diana Holtham

Anne Mizzi meets Diana Holtham, the retiring head of construction at Berrymans Lace Mawer, who has lost her taste for construction litigation. Diana Holtham, head of construction at Berrymans Lace Mawer, is not prone to sentimentality. Commenting on her retirement after 20 years at the firm, Holtham says: “I always intended to retire early to […]

St Philip's poaches local QCs

St Philip’s Chambers has responded to criticism in the local market by enhancing its commercial team with lateral hires from Birmingham rivals. The set is acquiring two commercial barristers, Jeremy Cousins QC and senior junior Simon Clegg, from 4 Fountain Court. Cousins is one of five Birmingham barristers made QC in this year’s silks list. […]

Architects' fees go to appeal

A battle over architects’ fees for one of the most ambitious private developments in London is heading for the Court of Appeal. Leave has been granted to Christopher Moran to challenge an order by the Technology and Construction Court that he must pay architects Carden & Godfrey £82,500, which they claimed is owing. The money […]

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