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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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Document scanning goes live

Helen Sage reports A new document scanning service that lets users instantly retrieve live and archive material from their PC or network is launched this month by Data Scanning Services. It is the first scanning service to become available in the UK that combines a new generation optical character recognition (OCR) system with the latest […]

Financing

Beale & Co advised Indorama International Finance on its issue of 1.75 per cent convertible notes 1995-2000 of Swiss francs 40,000,000 convertible into shares of PT Indorama Synthetics, Indonesia. Swiss Bank Corporation, the lead manager, was advised by its in-house lawyers and Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office.

Mishcons raids property firm

LONDON firm Mishcon De Reya is taking on four lawyers from the West End property firm Rabin Leacock Lipman. But at the same time four Mishcons equity partners are leaving: Brian Hepworth (litigation), Peter Armstrong (media), Graham Stedman and Paul Salmon (company). The Rabin Leacock move is Mishcon’s second acquisition of property lawyers in a […]

Where entry is severely limited

Obtaining a Higher Courts Qualification Certificate has been made akin to scaling the north face of the Eiger. That is quite deliberate despite the fact that the undoubted wish of Parliament was to ensure that solicitors appeared in criminal and civil higher courts. The Higher Courts Qualification Regulations of 1992 are a masterpiece of ambiguity […]

Bar Council clears libel lawyer of misconduct

John Malpas reports A LEADING libel lawyer has been cleared by the Bar Council following a plaintiff’s charge that he pursued an unmeritorious action against him to earn a fee. The Bar Council’s professional conduct committee dismissed the complaint against James Price QC after deciding that there was no evidence of professional misconduct over his […]

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