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Draft law: Russia’s counter-sanctions against the US and other states

On 17 May 2018, the State Duma adopted in the second reading the draft Federal Law ‘On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and(or) other Foreign States’ (hereinafter – the ‘Draft Law’). Compared to the initial version introduced by a group of deputies in April this year, the Draft Law […]

Poland: Basic legal aspects of branch and representative office activity

By Łukasz Szostak Under the Polish law, a foreign entrepreneur may, based on the reciprocity principle, set up its branch in the Republic of Poland. The scope of the branch’s activity may include only the activity that is performed by the entrepreneur in the country of its incorporation…

Mongolia: Legal summary on electronic money regulation

The new law on the National Payment System, dated 31 May 2017, shall become effective from 1 January 2018. The importance of the new law is an integrated payment system launch between the Central Bank, commercial banks, legal entities, other financial institutions and individual customers. As result of the law enactment, the Central Bank will […]

Turkish law: Determination of the lease price of roofed workplace

In general, the relationship between a landlord and a tenant is governed by a contract. That contract is referred to as the lease. A lease is an agreement between the landlord and the tenant in which the landlord agrees to allow the tenant to occupy a building or a piece of property owned by the […]

Kyrgyzstan insurance market overview

Kyrgyz law identifies insurance activity as an activity of organisations that have a licence to provide services to individuals and legal entities for premium services, the subject of which are contractual specific obligations of the insurer in the event of an unknown event, with the distribution of risk among a large number of persons exposed […]

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Freres:an offer it could not refuse

Robert Lindsay takes a look at the causes of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff’s demise and assesses the prospects of its successor firms. The demise of the 200-year-old name of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff on 1 August will be a sad day for many. But sadder than the loss of the name is the fact that many of […]

Child abuse lawyers form group to campaign against legal aid cuts

An association of lawyers specialising in child abuse cases was formed last week to campaign against the withdrawal of legal aid for personal injury claims involving child abuse. The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) branded as “appalling” the Government’s response so far to individual approaches by child abuse lawyers. Peter Garsden, a partner with […]

In brief: Solicitor-advocates given more power

Legal Aid Board chief executive Steve Orchard has announced that solicitor-advocates are to be given equal status to counsel when counsel’s opinion is sought for the purposes of applying for a legal aid certificate. The LAB is also considering giving legal aid-franchised solicitors firms greater powers to alter legal aid certificates without gaining counsel’s opinion.

NCC unveils community law plan

THE National Consumer Council (NCC) has put pressure on the government to act on its manifesto commitment to set up a community legal service, by publishing its own blueprint for one. The NCC launched its six-point plan – “A Community Legal Service: The First Steps”- last week, claiming that its model embraced “the complete range […]

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