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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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In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery, the US law firm, has expanded its London offices. It has taken over a second floor at 7 Bishopgate, London. Another US law firm, Altheimer & Gray has also leased part of the City building.

Freedom to preach upheld in court

A crackdown on street preachers in Yorkshire looks set to leave the county’s police with a bloody nose in the light of a recent High Court ruling. Yorkshire police have been arresting and prosecuting street preachers in the county, but now a High Court judge has held that they have been over-zealous. Halifax solicitor Malcolm […]

Flotations & Financing

Norton Rose acted for The Shipping Corporation of India in a refinancing of promissory notes worth $108.7m (£64m) issued by the company in connection with its new buildings programme. The Norton Rose team included shipping finance partner Harry Theochari and shipping finance assistant Richard Howley. The noteholder, the State Bank of India, was represented by […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna represented Delphi Automotive Systems on its £538m agreement to buy Lucas Diesel Systems. Delphi will acquire the company from TRW, a US-based automotive and aerospace parts group. The purchase is subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions. Peter Smith and David Bresnick, corporate partners at Camerons, led a group of eight […]

NCP to fight injury claim

A personal injury action against National Car Parks (NCP) is heading for the High Court. In the case, NCP is being sued by James Hayman, who was seriously injured when he fell over a wall at a multi-storey car park at Margate, Kent, in 1995. At the time of the accident he was trying to […]

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