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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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Game, set and match

According to at least one Labour MP, politicians view lawyers in the same way many people view politicians: at best they don’t trust them, at worst they think they are over-paid, elitist and arrogant.It is an uncomfortable fact that, as the battle over the Access to Justice Bill enters the House of Commons, many MPs […]

Rivals reject Thompsons excuses for partner cull

PERSONAL injury firms have reacted with surprise to trade union practice Thompsons’ decision to cull 11 equity partners.Thompsons, which has 55 equity partners and 15 offices, blames the Woolf reforms for the “voluntary” resignations, which, it says, have already been agreed.But rival firms argue it has been top heavy for some time.Thompsons claims that other […]

Square Mile

One of the most important elements which makes a law firm successful is internal communication. The profession has always lagged behind industry. For decades, companies have pinned their productivity figures to shop floor noticeboards, and internal newsletters long preceded the microchip and the robot. Managers have been subjected to regular, written assessments for a generation, […]

In brief: Freshfields

Freshfields is to take on six new assistants in its Paris office. The appointments will be in the corporate finance and finance department and are designed, says finance partner Jean-Luc Michaud, to redress the uneven ratio of assistants to partners.

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