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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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On a related subject, there was some much-needed comic relief in what has become the tragic opera of Bloxham v Freshfields. The last day of the hearing saw the tribunal in a particularly demob happy mood. At one point there was much tortuous argument as to what exactly constituted a pension. Chairman Thomas Ryan asked […]

Littleton hiring spree will add 10 to the fold

LITTLETON Chambers has kick-started a recruitment drive that will see the commercial employment set grow by a quarter in three years. The 44-member set has hired Old Square Chambers barrister Damian Brown, who will join in August. Brown will bring Littleton a range of collective commercial employment clients, including trade unions. Brown’s hire is the […]

Carter judicial review settles

The much-anticipated judicial review brought by black and Asian lawyers against the Government’s Carter reforms ended abruptly yesterday (19 July) after the application was withdrawn. The Black Solicitors Network (BSN) and the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) withdrew their application on the second day of Mr Justice Burton hearing whether the review should proceed. Michael […]

Hunton treads different path in London

US firms are hardly famed for their UK real estate and litigation practices. London managing partner Bob Goldspink has a healthy litigation team at Morgan Lewis & Bockius and former Richards Butler partner Lista Cannon took her busy contentious litigation practice to Fulbright & Jaworski, but her presence alone will not concern market leader Herbert […]

Bristows suffers dip in financials as office move takes its toll

REVENUE at IP boutique Bristows has taken a downward turn, falling by £100,000 to £20m, in a year of massive upheaval for the firm. In March five litigation partners quit to set up rival IP boutique Powell Gilbert, but co-managing partner Paul Walsh denied that this was a reason for the static figures. He said: […]

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