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Parallel import guidance clarified by CJEU

By Charlie Bond and John Coldham The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a ruling clarifying what you can, and cannot, do if you wish to import goods from one Member State of the EU to another. In summary, it has ruled that the trademark owner cannot oppose the further commercialisation of […]

Canadian cannabis companies gaining traction in US

By Henry A Harris and Stephen Franchetto With the Cannabis Act (Bill C 45) set to be voted on by the Senate of Canada in two weeks (June 7, 2018) and legalization of marijuana expected in the coming months, Canada’s largest cannabis company today became the first marijuana producer to be approved for listing on the […]

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 […]

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In brief: Dundas & Wilson demerger criticised

Edinburgh firm Brodies has publicly criticised rival firm Dundas & Wilson’s decision to demerge from its private client department. Its statement suggests that Dundas & Wilson, which is in merger talks with the Andersens legal network, was forced into a demerger because of the talks. Brodies’ statement reads: “Doubtless under pressure from their intended ‘owners’ […]

A division of power that does not add up

Just over a month ago two decisions were announced affecting the CPS. On 26 February Crown prosecutors were refused rights of audience in the crown Court and a day later the Home Secretary announced plans to base all CPS lawyers in police stations and for the CPS to lose its right to discontinue cases it […]

Wallace Bogan & Co loses canvassing case

East End firm Wallace Bogan & Co has lost a court battle aimed at preventing three of its former assistants from canvassing its clients. The Court of Appeal has ruled that the three, who wrote to clients the day after their gardening leave at the firm had expired, did nothing unlawful. Lifting an injunction placed […]

Women lawyers to push Lord Irvine over judicial selection

Women barristers are to meet the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to put pressure on him to set up Labour’s long-planned independent judicial appointments commission, just as Lord Irvine appeared to back away from the commitment. The proposal to include lay people in the process of appointing judges through an independent judicial appointments commission has been […]

Added-value solicitors making partner grade

A SERIES of leading law firms have announced their annual partnership appointments amid claims that the criteria they are looking for in their new partners have changed so that they must now be good managers as well as being good lawyers. Clifford Chance has appointed 22 partners this year, plus George Staple who returns after […]

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