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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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Mind your manners at the northern bar

Barristers’ chambers on the north west circuit are winning fresh praise and new work, yet it is the little things that see them lagging behind their London contemporaries. “I know it’s a little thing and it’s superficial,” sighs one Manchester solicitor, “but they’re not as good with the coffee and sandwiches”. On a lack of […]

A new, improved Merseyside

Looking like he has just jumped out of the cockpit of a gleaming Spitfire, Jim Davies is an unconventional legal luminary in Liverpool. Davies set up Davies Wallis Foyster in the city in the late seventies – at a time when decent legal chaps simply did not do that sort of thing, eventually becoming the […]

Encouraging words for SIF

Although it will displease many of my colleagues, I support the retention of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund. As a solicitor working in a small firm, I don’t have the time or the desire to pile through pages of glossy brochures to find the best open market insurance deal for myself. More importantly as a solicitor […]

In brief: The Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board’s multi-party action (MPA) panel has only awarded membership to 18 firms across the country. The firms, which all have proven track records in group actions, may bid for any legally aided MPA work. Non-panel firms can bid for contracts only if they have clients in the action. A specialist unit has […]

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