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International Lawyers Network

The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 67 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 26 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone.

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How We Buy What You Sell – and How That’s Changing – A Recap

I’m still recovering from the whirlwind that was #LMA15 – it’s always a festival of education, networking, mentorship, relationship-building, thought leadership, and having amazing, thought-provoking conversations about our industry and where its headed. And I love every minute of it.

But one of my favorite parts, as you know, is the general counsel panel.  This year’s panel was focused on “How we buy what you sell – and how that’s changing.” I had the pleasure of speaking with two of the three panelists in advance of the session, Joe Otterstetter of 3M and Virginia Sanzone of CareFusion, and their comments during the session were very much in line with our conversations. 

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April 23 Complimentary Webinar Concerning EEOC Wellness Regulations

To register for this complimentary webinar, please click here.

I’d like to recommend an upcoming complimentary webinar, “EEOC Wellness Regulations – What Do They Mean for Employer-Sponsored Programs? (April 23, 2015, 12:00 p.m. EDT) presented by my Epstein Becker Green colleagues Frank C. Morris, Jr. and Adam C. Solander.

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A full-sized penalty for a half-baked campaign

In its decision handed down last Friday, the Federal Court of Australia has ordered Coles Supermarkets Australia (Coles) to pay pecuniary penalties in the sum of $2.5million in an action brought against it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The case is significant because, despite the fact that there was no evidence that consumers had suffered any significant harm, the penalty imposed by the Court was at the higher end of the scale. More…

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APRA comments on residential mortgage lending

APRA has released APG223, which provides useful commentary on the use of brokers by ADIs and other aspects of residential mortgage lending.

Lending secured by mortgages over residential property constitutes the largest credit exposure in the Australian banking system, and for many ADIs, represents over half their total credit exposures.  This concentration of exposure warrants ADIs paying particular attention to residential mortgage lending practices.

APRA’s Prudential Practice Guides (PPGs) provide guidance on APRA’s view of sound practice in particular areas, but do not themselves create enforceable requirements. PPGs for Authorised Deposit Taking Institutions are called APGs. More…

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Mr. Takashi Koyama authored an article concerning the investment treaty arbitration case of Achmea B.V. v. The Slovak Republic, UNCITRAL, Award on Jurisdiction, Arbitrability and Suspension, 26 October, 2010, that appeared in the ‘JCA Journal’.

April 10, 2015 – Mr. Takashi Koyama authored an article in the ‘JCA Journal’ (Vol. 62, No. 4, April 2015) titled “The Existence of a “Dispute” and the Prima Facie Test for a Tribunal to Have Jurisdiction” (Achmea B.V. v. The Slovak Republic, UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2008-13 (formerly Eureko B.V. v. The Slovak Republic), Award on Jurisdiction, Arbitrability and Suspension, 26 October, 2010. (in ‘JCA Journal’, Vol. 62, No. 4, April 2015). More…

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EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Program Amendments to ADA Regulations

My colleagues Frank C. Morris, Jr., Adam C. Solander, and August Emil Huelle co-authored a Health Care and Life Sciences Client Alert concerning the EEOC’s proposed amendments to its ADA regulations and it is a topic of interest to many of our readers.

Following is an excerpt:

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released its highly anticipated proposed regulations (to be published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015, for notice and comment) setting forth the EEOC’s interpretation of the term “voluntary” as to the disability-related inquiries and medical examination provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Under the ADA, employers are generally barred from making disability-related inquiries to employees or requiring employees to undergo medical examinations. There is an exception to this prohibition, however, for disability-related inquiries and medical examinations that are “voluntary.”

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Week of April 13, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

It’s hard to believe another week has gone by, and it’s really hard to believe that another LMA conference has come and gone. We have some great memories and takeaways that I’ll be sharing over the coming days, but first, let’s look at this week’s top posts from ILNToday!

 

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Permitted development rights – further changes from 15 April

The last few years have seen a shake-up of permitted development rights by the coalition government aimed at introducing greater flexibility into the planning system and promoting growth.

By way of a general reminder, permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works or changes of use without the need for a planning application. Permitted development rights are generally subject to national conditions and limitations (for example limits on height, size or location etc.).  More…

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FM must ensure credits where credit’s due

A version of this article was published in Construction News on 16 February 2015

Service credits have long been a fundamental part of performance management in facilities management contracts. However, a recent decision has shed new light on the importance of keeping service credits updated as the service requirement evolves to ensure they remain enforceable.

The commercial principle of service credits is sound. With agreements covering an intricate range of services, demonstrating losses caused by specific failures is a complex process often involving effort disproportionate to the problem itself. Instead FM contracts usually include a series of fixed (or ‘liquidated’) sums payable if certain failures occur meaning that clients can more easily recover their losses and suppliers understand their risk upfront. Without such arrangements, performance management would become unworkable. More…

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The Scottish souvenir title “scams” – a storm in a teacup?

It has an understandable attraction to it. Being a Laird or Lady of some remote Highland location. To imagine yourself as some swashbuckling character in some Game of Thrones style landscape, running around in a kilt, Golden Retriever by your side, and brandishing your sgian-dubh at any trespasser who dares encroach onto your little patch of Scotland. For most non-Scots, it brings to mind a highly inaccurate, heavily romanticised, view of Scottish Highland life and simply serves to reinforce the misconceptions of quintessential Highland society.

I am, of course, talking about the infamous Highland “souvenir” plots that have proven (and continue) to be a popular choice of unique gifts. In 2010, the Daily Record reported the case of “Lord Hicks of Lochaber” (aka Kevin Hicks, a fireman from Essex) who was so pleased with his Highland plot and Lordship title that he was reported to have proclaimed: “I’ve ordered some stationery and I intend to change my passport, driving licence, all that kind of stuff”.

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