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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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Salou grabs top job at Orrick Paris

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has picked partner Stéphane Salou as its new Paris managing partner, following the completion of the US firm’s merger with Rambaud Martel. Jean-Michel Leprêtre, previously co-managing partner of Rambaud Martel, will support Salou in the new role. Orrick announced it was to merge with French independent Rambaud Martel in November 2005, […]

Clydes, Norton Rose expand in Asia with Shanghai openings

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BT shakes up firm panel in global refocus

Telecoms giant BT is set to split its panel into two groups – one general, the other specialist – as it targets firms with global capabilities for its next legal panel. The telecommunications company has invited 26 law firms to tender. They will be interviewed in February, with the final decisions in March. BT legal […]

Beale & Company to expand from Bristol base

Insurance and construction boutique Beale & Company has launched an office in Bristol, to be led by professional indemnity lawyer Paul Redfern. Beale managing partner Anthony Smith said: “This is an exciting development for Beale & Company and its clients. Our strategy has been to secure a regional base and to extend our expertise into […]

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