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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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The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, announced last week that judges and magistrates will be expected to declare their membership of the Freemasons. Initially the proposed register will be voluntary for existing judges, but if judges refuse to co-operate then the Government will consider a change in the law to make registration compulsory. see Opinion, page […]

SC selection dispute

The New South Wales state government in Australia has accused the local Bar of breaching the state’s trade practices law in its selection of Senior Counsel, the equivalent of QC in the UK. Senior Counsel are currently chosen annually behind closed doors by five prominent barristers, but the state’s attorney general says that the selection […]

Debevoise opens in Moscow

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has set up an office in Moscow, its second outpost in eastern Europe after Budapest. The office will be headed by Roswell Perkins, who will transfer from the New York office along with associate Kenneth Schneider. Another US lawyer Jonathan Hines will split his time between Moscow and New York. […]

Mortgage products to roll up in court

The West Bromwich Building Society stands accused of offering a mortgage scheme which targets the vulnerable, reports Roger Pearson > The Investors Compensation Scheme (ICS) is taking the West Bromwich Building Society to the High Court this week, accusing it of marketing a mortgage scheme which targeted the “elderly and vulnerable”. At a preliminary one-day […]

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