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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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Boyes Turner revenues continue to rise

Reading-based Boyes Turner’s end-of-year results show that its impressive growth over the past five years has continued. Turnover is up 15 per cent, from £7.2m to £8.3m. Final profit figures are not available, but chief executive Andrew Chalkley said he was anticipating around £175,000 per equity partner. This would reflect a dip on last year’s […]

Paul Hastings London backs information-sharing protocol

A steering group has launched a protocol guide for the UK construction industry with the help of the London office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The Project Information eXchange (PIX) Protocol Guide & Toolkit, launched in March, is an agreed set of rules for the exchange of information on a project, designed to reduce […]

Hempsons secures £250K of withheld fees for NHS class action rape case

After months of stand-off, insurers last week agreed to pay out almost £250,000 in legal fees owed to Hempsons Solicitors, which defended the NHS against a large-scale class action funded partly by conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). The class action case was brought by 23 women who, along with 41 others, sued the NHS in its […]

Watson Burton storms to another record year

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has enjoyed its second record year, with turnover up 29 per cent. The firm posted figures of £13.8m for the financial year to April 30, up from £10.7m in 2003. Revenue in 2003 was itself a rise of 27 per cent from 2002’s £8m. Profits per partner have yet to be […]

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