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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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Zambian protest

The Law Society has complained to the Zambian President Frederick Chiluba about the treatment of lawyer Rodger Chambwe. Chambwe has been forced to live outside his country as a result of his political activities. He was allegedly subject to intimidation including an assassination attempt in August last year. The International Bar Association has also registered […]

LawGroup launches mediation register

A register of lawyers trained in mediation was launched last week at the Law Society by LawGroup, the national network of more than 70 legal practices. LawGroup is one of the main providers of training courses in mediation for lawyers it has already trained more than 250 lawyers. The group’s director of mediation studies, Lisa […]

Pro bono group to confront Hoon

The Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG), will confront Geoff Hoon this week over Lord Irvine’s proposed 75 per cent success barrier for lawyers seeking legal aid for their clients. Hoon, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, who is responsible for overseeing Irvine’s reforms on legal aid, will meet the SPBG’s director, Peta Sweet, […]

In brief: Law Society comes to rescue of ailing firms

A package of measures to help ailing firms is being put together by the Law Society. Details of the scheme are still being thrashed out but Geoffrey Sandercock, chair of the Law Society’s practice development committee, told last week’s meeting of the society’s council that firms would be able to receive advice on everything, from […]

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