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Governing law and jurisdiction clause in contracts

By Gordon Bell, Tom Price, David Lowe Governing law and jurisdiction or dispute clauses are two distinct things. Governing law is the substantive law of the contract and dispute resolution clauses are the clauses that tell you where and how your dispute is going to be resolved. They are very different. One does not imply the other and […]

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Distribution of cosmetics and perfumes in the UAE

By Vanessa Delnaud The beauty and personal care market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has significantly expanded over the past five years and is projected to enjoy a compound annual growth rate of over 11% between 2018 and 2023. The personal care sector is strictly regulated in the Middle-East. In particular, the Member States of […]

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Herbert Smith suffers profits slump

Herbert Smith has joined the growing throng of City firms experiencing declining profits on static turnover for the last financial year. Turnover for 2003-04 rose slightly to £243m compared with £241m in the previous year, while average profits per equity partner slumped by 6.4 per cent to £700,000. Net income for the period reached £78m, […]

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