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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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Fast-track justice hits a brick wall

The national pilot for fast-track justice has so far done nothing to ease the minds of lawyers, who see the scheme as a disaster in the making. Katherine Burke reports. Six weeks into the national pilot, fast-track justice seems to be proving its detractors right. As both the police and the CPS rush to prepare […]

Tesco sued over hospital plans

The Health Secretary, Frank Dobson, is suing retail giant Tesco over its plans to develop a hospital site as a superstore. The firm is said to have agreed to buy the former South London Hospital for Women at Clapham Common, with the price depending on the type of planning permission achieved. Although planning consent for […]

Treasury budget cuts behind law reforms, says Labour MPs

A rebel Labour MP has heavily criticised the Government over its legal reforms, which he claims are being driven by Treasury budget cuts rather than any altruistic desire to increase access to justice. The comments, made by prominent MP Austin Mitchell on the eve of the Queen’s Speech, will embarrass the Government, which has been […]

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