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Higher Dutch VAT rate on several LS-products

By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

How can protectionism affect technology?

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

Promotion of indigenous R&D in pharmaceutical industry by the Delhi High Court

By Ajay Bhargava, Arvind Kumar Ray, Karan Gupta In the recent case of Modi-Mundipharma Private Limited v Union of India & Ors., (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 11802 of 2016), the High Court of Delhi (Court) has clarified that incremental innovation or novel drug delivery systems like lipid / liposomal formulations, sustained release, controlled release, etc. should […]

Lawyers’ presence ensured during a competition investigation, but with riders

By Sagardeep Rathi, Pranjal Prateek, Ebaad Khan In a case connected to the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) cartel investigation in the conveyor belt market, an appellate bench of the Delhi High Court (Court) (LPA 607/2016; Judgment dated 24 May 2018) has confirmed a single judge bench judgment of the Court (WP(C) 11411 of 2015; Judgment […]

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Surprise move by Japanese Bar

Confusion reigns over an announcement by a leading Japanese lawyer at the IBA conference that foreign lawyers would be allowed to enter partnerships with Japanese lawyers. A Nichibenren (the Justice Ministry and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations) review on liberalising the rules concerning foreign lawyers was completed last month, and initial reports suggested that […]

In brief: Hoon hints at review of N Ireland legal aid

Geoff Hoon, Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, said the Government would probably be conducting a review of legal aid and civil justice in Northern Ireland “with a view to bringing forward similar proposals” to those for England and Wales, at the Legal Action Group (LAG) conference in London last week.

IBA Conference – Effective justice

The Government’s drive to speed up criminal justice may lead to more miscarriages of justice, Law Society president Phillip Sycamore told the International Bar Conference on Thursday. “There are disturbing signs that saving money rather than securing justice is in danger of emerging as the driving force behind moves to speed up our justice system,” […]

In brief: Alleged legal aid fraud conspirators bailed

Ten current or former legal executives of West Country solicitor Timothy Robinson, all charged with conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Board by dishonestly submitting various legal aid forms, have been bailed to appear in court with him on 22 December at Stroud following a three-year SFO investigation.

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