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Priority rights in Turkish law

According to the Industrial Property Law, which entered into force on 10 January 2017, an enterprise of goods or services ensure distinguishing from or service goods other undertakings and brand owners to ensure protection of the subject it is turned on and including the names of persons, provided that shown on the register can provide […]

Russia increases duties on US goods

On 23 March 2018, the United States of America introduced a special protective measure in the form of increased customs duties on imports for steel and aluminium products, including those originating from the Russian Federation… …The Government of the Russian Federation by its Decision No. 788 dated July 2018, therefore, introduced import customs duties rates […]

Why Islamic finance fits well in Kazakhstan

Since 1991, Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy and oil producer, has had to rely on the deteriorating infrastructure it inherited from the Soviet Union. As a result, nearly every piece of public infrastructure (eg roads, hospitals, power plants, kindergartens, sewerages) in Kazakhstan requires a different degree of upgrading or expansion…

Extortion, blackmail, and kidnap for ransom

In this market insight, originally written for CampdenFB, Schillings’ extortion, blackmail and kidnap for ransom specialists, John Chase and Brittany Damora, set out the scope of the threat and what steps family offices and family businesses need to take when faced with this type of critical risk scenario…

The Court of Protection endorses use of the Mental Capacity Act

By Michael Mylonas QC The requirement for written consent in schedule 3 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act has caused difficulties in some notable cases. Last week saw another challenge in which Mrs P needed the consent of her husband who had suffered an irreversible brain injury. She turned to the Mental Capacity Act 2005…

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Lawrence Graham posts record profits

London firm Lawrence Graham has had a record increase in profits for the last year and upped average partner pay by around 35 per cent. The firm’s turnover has grown to £49.3m from last year’s £39.7m, a 24 per cent increase. Profits have gone up by even more – the average partner now takes home […]

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Freshfields Amsterdam partner quits for Brussels

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s international arbitration group is to lose a leading partner from the firm’s Amsterdam office. Albert Jan van den Berg is leaving to set up his own arbitration boutique in Brussels later this year. He joined from Stibbe (then Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot) in 1999, when Freshfields set up its greenfield Dutch practice. […]

Lincoln’s Inn wins massive rate rebate

Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn are being paid tens of thousands of pounds each in rate rebates following a recent settlement which reduced rates by up to 50 per cent. After 168 appeals by the 26 chambers of Lincoln’s Inn over five years, of which 12 are outstanding, the Valuation Office Agency agreed to reduce rateable […]

Wragges increases profits by forty five per cent on last year

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has announced record turnover figures for this financial year. The 40 per cent increase brings Wragges’ gross fees this year to £76.3m. Last year’s turnover was £54.5m with average profits per partners of £257,000. The total net profit for this year, which is yet to be finalised, is estimated to be […]

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