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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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Clifford Chance has successfully steered its client towards a $14.75bn (£10bn) United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) award, the largest ever payment of its kind. The firm is acting for the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), which was awarded the money for the loss of just over two years worth of oil production due to the 1990 […]

Competition lawyers slam EC over BA-KLM merger failure

The European Commission (EC) is under attack from lawyers over its handling of the proposed merger between British Airways (BA) and KLM. The now defunct talks between the carriers, which would have resulted in a £5bn merger, fell through on 21 September following two and a half months of negotiations, after both sides failed to […]

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Bench pressing

Next month Lawrence Collins QC will, in the words of the Lord Chancellor, make “a little bit of history”. The solicitor, a partner at Herbert Smith, will be the first to be appointed directly from private practice to the High Court Bench. “The appointment marks another step in the diversification of the judiciary without any […]

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Richard Hastings, group legal counsel at Interoute Telecommunications (UK) Richard Hastings left Hammond Suddards, where he was an IT/IP assistant, to take up his role as group legal counsel at European telecommunications company Interoute. Hastings made the move because he sought a more commercial role within his area of expertise. He says: “I love my […]

Making the in-house move

More than ever before, private practice lawyers are being actively recruited to move in-house. Despite the potential salary cut, many are tempted by the promise of shorter working hours, a relaxing environment, no time sheets or billings, greater job security and the opportunity to become more commercially involved in the running of the business. But […]

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