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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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Australian Federal Government moves on competitiveness and anti-circumvention

The policy space for those in the International Trade, Customs and related agricultural reform field has got much more crowded in the space of the last month!

If I may attempt to summarise

  • On Monday (20 October 2014) the Federal Government released its “Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper”.  To view this paper click here.  The paper is a discussion of possible options proposed by stakeholders for improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector.  The Government has invited stakeholders to comment on the Green Paper by 12 December 2014.  The finalised policy directions for improving the profitability and competitiveness of the agriculture sector will then be detailed in a “White Paper” as a precursor to actual reform. More…
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Sale of a leased property – pleasure or pain?

In the property market it is usual to sell such commercial or residential real estates that are leased out. On the basis of the new Civil Code, the seller of such property will not be relieved, by the sale, from its liability towards the tenants. If the purchaser breaches any of its obligations towards the tenants, then the seller may also be held liable, even if the property had been sold many years ago. More…

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Sheila Cesarano Recognized as One of the Top 20 Women in Law


Sheila Cesarano has been recognized as one of the Top 20 Women in Law in South Florida, by the Daily Business Review. An accomplished attorney, Ms. Cesarano was selected due to the longevity of her career as a high-caliber litigator. She, along with all honorees, was recognized at a luncheon on October 15, 2014. More…

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Ontario Court Upholds Citizenship Oath’s Allegiance to the "Queen of Canada"

The Canadian Citizenship Act (“Act”) requires permanent residents who wish to become Canadian citizens to swear an oath or make an affirmation in the following form:
I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada Her Heirs and Successors and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen. 
In the case of McAteer v. Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ONCA 578, the appellants objected to the portion of the oath that referred to being faithful and bearing true allegiance to the Queen, her heirs and successors.  They asserted that the requirement to swear or affirm allegiance to the Queen in order to become a Canadian citizen violated their rights of freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of expression and equality under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  They argued that the government could not justify any such violation as being a reasonable limit in a free and democratic society and sought a declaration that the impugned section of the Citizenship oath was optional. 
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Our energy lawyer David Austin speaks on mega project Site C dam

Our energy lawyer David Austin was quoted in Energetic City and Business in Vancouver regarding the cost of building the Site C dam mega project. Mr. Austin explains that the government is dramatically underestimating the cost of the dam by not taking into account a rising inflation rate.

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Warren Brazier republished in BC Business

Warren Brazier’s Megawatt blog post from yesterday, Comply, Offset or Pay: BC To Regulate LNG Export Facilities on CO2 Emissions, has been republished by BC Business. In the article, Warren discusses how the BC Government introduced new legislation aimed to help BC meet its greenhouse gas emission targets by imposing environmental standards on liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities operating within the province.

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Role of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the EB-5 Program. Current Trends and Suggestions for Future Guidance

The EB-5 industry involves either (i) a direct investment in a project company or (ii) the formation of a new commercial enterprise entity (herein referred to as the “NCE”) in order to make (A) a direct investment in the job creation entity (“JCE”) or (B) a loan to the JCE.  In each case, the intent is to create jobs to comply with the requirements of United States Citizens and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).  In connection therewith, beginning in 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has taken a far more active role in cooperating with USCIS to ensure compliance with the anti-fraud provisions of the various securities laws that regulate the sale of United States securities, even if the sale is conducted offshore pursuant to a Regulation S exemption under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

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Parties Gearing Up For Chevron’s Ecuadorean Pollution Case at the Supreme Court

The Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”) announced last week that it was withdrawing its application to intervene before the Supreme Court of Canada in the pollution case of Chevron Corporation et al. v. Yaiguaje, et al.  The original US$19 billion judgment of a court in Ecuador was one of the largest judgments ever imposed by a court for environmental pollution.

The CBA said that its Intervention Policy required that its Legislation and Law Reform Committee sanction the factum before it could be filed with the court.  In this case, the Committee concluded that while the factum was well-drafted and of a high standard of quality, it did not meet the specific requirements of CBA’s Intervention Policy.  As a result, the CBA concluded that without certification of the factum, its intervention could not move forward and would be withdrawn.
The withdrawal was reported as an “eleventh-hour reversal” by the CBA.   It had planned to intervene at the Supreme Court on behalf of Chevron in its on-going battle involving enforcement of the judgment obtained by Ecuadorian indigenous plaintiffs for pollution of their lands in the Amazon basin rainforest.  After a lengthy legal battle that has lasted nearly 20 years, an Ecuadorian court found Chevron liable for oil pollution.  The nearly US$18 billion damages awarded in 2011 was reduced by appeal courts in Ecuador to US$9.5 billion.  
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Two for Tuesdays: Tips from Taylor Swift

The more I see of Taylor Swift, the more of a marketing genius I realize she is. And not just because I can’t get “Shake it Off” out of my head this week. There are a few things that Taylor does that create rabid loyalty among her fans – and I mean rabid.

Before you start asking what Tay-tay and her music have to do with the law, first, ask yourself what it would feel like to have your clients feel the same way about you as Taylor’s fans feel about her? What if your clients trusted you so implicitly that they never took their business to anyone else? What if they called you first before making a business decision, because you’re their trusted adviser? What if your clients lined up every time you wrote or spoke, because they knew what you had to say was that valuable? 

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Design Patents – Taking a Closer Look at These Valuable Assets

Intellectual property shareholder, Sarah Brooks, and associate, Salil Bali‘s article, “Design Patents – Taking a Closer Look at These Valuable Assets” was published in The Fall 2014 “New Matter” Intellectual Property Publication. More…

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