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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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Why gamble on witnesses?

I enjoyed The Lawyer’s front page article on the commercial court working party suggestions on the use of witnesses (6 August). Doing away with witnesses in commercial cases is not fanciful. The function of a witness is to earn money for lawyers. Copying documents, drafting proofs of evidence, late working, interminable meetings – all rack […]

Nabarros unit defects to rival in Warsaw

The Warsaw office of McKenna & Co has poached five lawyers, including one partner, from neighbouring firm Nabarro Nathanson, in a move reflecting the current scramble for the best foreign lawyers in Poland. The departure of partner Stephen Shone and his team of four leaves Nabarros without any real estate specialists and reduces its number […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 01/10/96

Exemption from competition rules the European Broadcasting Union agreement on transmission of sporting events Metropole Television SA v European Communities Commission (1996). Summary: Directive exempting European Broadcasting Union agreement from competition rules annulled. Application under art.173 EC Treaty by television companies who were non-members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for annulment of the exemption […]

Hallett's stand is a sign of the times

Whether Heather Hallett QC will succeed in her bid to become the first-ever female leader of the Bar Council is yet to be decided. However, it is a sign of the times that a woman has stood for the position two years in a row. While female barristers will still say that sexism is rife […]

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