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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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The International Maritime Bureau is about to set up a global panel of law firms to help it fight shipping fraud. Brendan Malkin opens the hatch

LSC ‘win-only’ payment scheme on the cards for UK class actions

A radical overhaul of funding arrangements for group action litigation is understood to be under consideration. Two senior personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence practitioners have told The Lawyer that the Legal Services Commission’s (LSC) head of funding policy Colin Stutt is considering a scheme whereby lawyers will not be paid fees, apart from basic disbursements, unless […]

St Philips hikes turnover by ninety-three per cent

A bumper January, with gross income for the month hitting a record £2.25m, has helped St Philips Chambers post total revenues of £18.3m for its last financial year. The 142-tenant Birmingham set, which vies constantly with local rival No 5 Fountain Court for the title of the UK’s largest chambers, has seen turnover increase by […]

Osborne Clarke targets property with Thames relocation

Osborne Clarke has launched a property practice in Thames Valley with the transfer of senior associate Andrew Clayton from the Bristol office. The firm already has corporate, banking, commercial and employment practices in the region. Clayton will initially handle all property matters in the Thames Valley on his own, however the firm is looking to […]

Opinion

The Financial Services Authority’s decision last December to fine Abbey a record £2m for slack money laundering checks highlights a common problem that affects the legal profession. UK law firms represent thousands of clients every day, a percentage of which are likely to have engaged in illegal financial dealings. Blind trust could potentially lead to […]

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