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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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Wilmer Cutler posts 14 per cent revenue hike

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has recorded a strong performance in its first full financial year as a merged firm. The firm’s turnover for 2004 was $750m. That figure is up an impressive 14 per cent on a combined total for Wilmer Cutler & Pickering ($334m) and Hale & Dorr ($325m) in 2003. The […]

Sirius business

Judgments in Sirius have raised questions about where the line should be drawn between literal and contextual translations of the law. Sean Wilken and Jess Connors report The December House of Lords decision in Sirius International Insurance Co (Publ) v FAI General Insurance Ltd & Ors (2004) highlighted the continuing debate among litigators between the […]

The work-life quiz

Tony Edwards, managing partner, Thomas Eggar What was your first ever job? A porter in a department store. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Being torn to shreds by a senior partner for no apparent reason, and then being advised that “your father did it to me and I’m now doing it to you”. […]

Thorn brings in MBR&M to prove illegitimacy of UK tax

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s (MBR&M) tiny London tax litigation team has scooped a role in the mammoth Loss Relief Group Litigation challenging UK tax laws. Partner Peter Steiner is representing Thorn (formerly Thorn EMI), which joined the register of multi-national companies alleging that corporation tax legislation in the UK is in breach of European […]

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