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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 prudent path: merger lite

It was entirely coincidental, but last week’s announcement by Norton Rose that it was merging with Australia’s Deacons came on the morning of The Lawyer Awards, where the former won Law Firm of the Year. Nice timing. Except Norton Rose’s deal down under is a long way from being a merger. The duo will not […]

The hedge row

With hedge fund managers under scrutiny and regulation inevitable, the industry needs to practise effective self-regulation. Lord_Myners Not for the first time is it reported that Brook Street and St James’s are ­reverberating to the sound of expensive luggage being packed. Hedge fund managers are retreating to the more congenial surroundings of Zurich and elsewhere to carry out […]

Wragges’ office move put on ice by developer

Wragge & Co is to have its move into new Birmingham headquarters delayed by a year because the ­developer has yet to fill the rest of the building. The firm signed terms last year to take approximately two-thirds of the 300,000sq ft building at Two Snowhill in what was the largest pre-let in the second […]

Hammonds creates firm network to boost cross-selling of practices

Hammonds has set up a partner and associate forum in its London office designed to aid business development and the cross-selling of ­practices at the firm. Equity capital markets partner Andrew Watson and employment partner David Whincup are leading the earners forum, set up by London head Robert Weekes. Weekes said: “An area that we […]

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