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SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

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…

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Christmas Reading

The Final Score: The Inside Story of Soccer’s Trial of the Century By Hans Segers, Mel Goldberg and Alan Thatcher Covers the match-fixing trial of footballers John Fashanu, Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers in 1997. Claims to tell the true story behind the headlines. Shadow of a Doubt By Ted Allbeury A former director general […]

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Diana Parker was born in Newcastle in 1957. She is senior partner elect at Withers. What was your first job? Aged 14, teaching German at a Saturday school to children of English/German parents – I have always been presumptuous. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? I don’t think it reached five figures. […]

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After the events of this year, many lawyers could be forgiven if they regretted ever entering the profession. Having been lambasted by the press earlier in the year over extortionate fees, the profession’s reputation went from bad to worse, as The Lawyer revealed that the police were investigating links certain City firms had with organised […]

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