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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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Herbert Smith is launching a free legal advice centre in Whitechapel. Helene Kydd, community action partner at the firm, says that the cases dealt with at the advice centre will include employment, immigration and housing problems. She adds: “It can be anything from probate to someone who is dissatisfied with their dentist, or neighbour disputes.” […]

Hoon urges Foil head to run for Parliament

The president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil), Martin Bruffell, is considering running for Parliament as a Labour Party candidate. Bruffell is being urged to run by his close friend Geoff Hoon, the Foreign Office minister and one-time second-in-command to Lord Irvine in the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Bruffell – who is also managing partner […]

Rumours fly as third partner announces exit from Stephens Innocent

Another partner is leaving Stephens Innocent amid speculation that senior partner Mark Stephens may also be planning to join another firm. Employment partner Deborah Annetts is the third partner to announce her exit from the seven-partner firm in a week, with Stephens rumoured to be in talks with another City firm about moving and setting […]

Baker & McKenzie poaches from Deweys

Baker & McKenzie has taken a London-based Dewey Ballantine partner for its South East Asia and Indian major projects practice. William Abraham has been poached from the US-based firm for a November start in Baker & McKenzie’s Singapore office. Abraham will join Baker & McKenzie’s regional and global projects practice as a local partner. Graeme […]

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