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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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Van Doorne launches second Lovells raid in Amsterdam

Dutch independent Van Doorne has raided Lovells for the second time this year, this time to strengthen its real estate practice. The firm has hired civil law notary Annerie Ploumen as a partner. She joins the Amsterdam office of Van Doorne, along with her entire team of four deputy civil law notaries, on 1 January […]

BLP converts to LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status. Following a partnership vote on 31 October, the firm has converted to LLP status, effective from today (1 December). Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The conversion process has been very smooth.”

DWS advises DP World lenders on Islamic bond for P&O buyout

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has scooped a role advising the lenders on the innovative Islamic bond issue that will fund the P&O acquisition. Barclays Capital and Dubai Islamic Bank are the lead managers on a $2.8bn (£1.63bn) Sukuk that is linked to a potential IPO on maturity. Linklaters has landed Dubai-based container terminal operator DP […]

No. 1 Serjeants Inn gets new base and name

Professional negligence set No. 1 Serjeants Inn is moving into new premises in January and changing its name at the same time. The 37-strong chambers has been forced to leave its current building, off Fleet Street, which it used to share with law firm Dechert, due to redevelopment. Its new location – and name – […]

Financial services

Today’s financial services market is a vastly different animal from that of only a few years ago. The mortgage and insurance markets now fall within the remit of the FSA, while the Pensions Act 2004 has seen the replacement of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority by the more powerful Pensions Regulator. However, the FSA’s Enforcement […]

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