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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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Emergency powers: the last thing NI needs?

There are fears that controversial plans to tighten anti-terrorist laws will hinder rather than help the peace process, reports Matheu Swallow. THE bombing of Omagh town centre has been met with universal horror and a heartfelt conviction that those responsible for the atrocity should be put behind bars. Nevertheless, the overwhelming response from solicitors in […]

Ashursts partnership

Ashurst Morris Crisp has appointed corporate lawyer Markus Strelow to partner, joining partner Graeme Ward in heading the firm’s Frankfurt office. Strelow joined Ashurst Morris Crisp in January from Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office.

Dibbs loses managing partner to IT company

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Birmingham managing partner is leaving to take up a job in industry. Nick Seddon will join Geoff Brown Holdings, a Warwickshire-based computer games developer, as chief executive in April next year. Seddon was the architect of an aggressive period of expansion during his four-year stint as managing partner. This came in a […]

Tackling sports law

The area of sports law is becoming increasingly ‘sexy’ and looks about to boom. As Chris Fogarty reports, a wide range of firms and lawyers are set to benefit. Late last year about 30 lawyers got together at Coutts, one of the world’s most prestigious banks, to talk sport. The Queen’s banker was sponsoring a […]

Keeping sex equality on the agenda for the new millennium

The emphasis in the 21st century must shift from fighting discrimination to promoting equality between the sexes, says Kamlesh Bahl. More than 20 years after the creation of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) many changes have been made to reduce inequalities between women and men. I am proud of the many accomplishments during my five […]

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