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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted for The Lawyer’s Law Firm Network of the Year Award

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The International Lawyers Network has been shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by The Lawyer.” The winners of this category will be announced at The Lawyer European Awards 2016 at the Hilton London Bankside Hotel in London, England on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

This is the first time the category for Global Network of the Year has been included for consideration in the awards. In evaluating submissions, judges looked for evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management.

“We are honored to have the International Lawyers Network shortlisted as Global Network of the Year,” said Lindsay Griffiths, Director of Global Relationship Management. “We pride ourselves on innovative marketing strategies and dedication to fostering relationships among our members. We believe this helps set us apart from other worldwide legal networks.”

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Best Will for…..providing for minor children

Parents, in particular, face a bewildering choice of structure options when it comes to making provision for their children in their Wills. Often the prospect of their child inheriting a large sum of money at age 18 does not appeal. Instead, being able to delay a child taking control of their inheritance until age 21 or 25, or later, or arranging for a series of staggered payments over the years is preferred. However, the tax consequences of the various options are not always explained and parents can end up making inappropriate choices.

In 2006, the Government of the day decided that parents should have to pay for the privilege of keeping assets tied up in trust beyond a child’s 18th birthday, by levying a capital tax on the child’s will trust in proportion to how long the child’s will trust lasts.

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Making provision for minor children or grandchildren in your Will

This note offers guidance for anyone who wants to leave assets to minor children or grandchildren in their Will.

You may be content for minors to inherit relatively small amounts of money outright after your death, perhaps regardless of what age they have reached at your death. However, you may not want a minor to inherit more substantial sums at age 18 or younger. This note provides a brief summary of your options for making provision for minors and the tax consequences of each.

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IP housekeeping – a canter through EU reforms coming your way during 2016

Here’s a quick “heads up” of what I see as the key reforms of IP laws in the pipeline at the European Union (EU) level that are likely to affect EU regional registrations of IP, as well as the national laws of each and every EU Member State.  You will no doubt be reading more about these topics during 2016.

Patents

The new EU Unitary Patent (UP) is on the starting blocks: most of the key documents, including secondary rules and regulations for the UP and the associated arrangements for the Unitary Patent Court (UPC), are now agreed[1]. But ratification of the UPC agreement is still awaited from the 13 Member States required, including the UK and Germany (both of whose ratification is mandatory) for it, and so the UP, to come into force.  This is expected to occur during 2016 and the hope is that the UP will be up and running by the beginning of 2017.  Once that happens, innovators will be able to apply for one patent to cover the whole EU (without the need for converting to individual national registrations).

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Launch of consumer-friendly EU online dispute resolution platform

The EU Commission’s drive to encourage EU cross-border trade through increased consumer confidence took a step forward today (9 February 2016) with the operational launch of its online dispute resolution platform (ODR platform). The portal (which is accessible at the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/) is specifically designed to help consumers who have bought goods or services online, but subsequently experienced a problem with their purchase.

The ODR platform is the result of the 2013 EU regulation on consumer online dispute resolution (ODR Regulation). This sought to address a perception that consumers are not making complaints to online traders because they believe the procedure will be too long-winded, or is unlikely to result in a satisfactory solution.

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Business as usual – Supreme Court confirms Court of Appeal decision in Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas

The interpretation of tenant break clauses has always been an area where the court routinely finds in favour of upholding the exact wording in the lease, regardless of the seemingly unfair impact that this may have upon the tenant and the tenant’s business.

As such the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Marks & Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Security Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and another [2015] UKSC 72 will not come as a surprise to most practitioners. It should also give landlords the confidence to both demand and keep a full quarter’s rent from any tenant seeking to terminate their lease in the middle of a quarter by operation of a break clause, except in cases where there is a clear clause to the contrary.

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Week of February 8, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s been a full week of posts here at Zen, with our look back at the Super Bowl commercials from 2016. We’ve got one more commercials post next week – The Ugly – and while we’ve been busy looking at what advertising can teach us about legal marketing, our lawyers have been busy bringing us great substantive legal content on ILNToday. Here’s a look back at this week’s top posts in your roundup: 

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Government Consults over Reforms to Public Sector Redundancy

The UK Government has launched a consultation exercise over plans to modernise public sector redundancy rules.

The Government says that its proposals will reduce the cost of pay-outs and ensure greater consistency between workforces across the public sector.

Currently, redundancy payments vary across the public sector, even for people with similar levels of pay and length of service. The proposals in the consultation will put pay-out terms between different workforces on a more equal footing, ensuring a fairer deal for public sector workers.

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Agreement on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to Replace Safe Harbor Faces Hurdles

Negotiators from the European Commission and the United States have announced an agreement to replace the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for certain cross-border data transfers which was struck down last October by the European Union’s Court of Justice. However, complete details of the agreement have not yet been made available, and significant hurdles remain before it can take effect.

Background
The European Commission’s Data Protection Directive requires that countries to which the personal data of EU residents are transferred maintain adequate standards for data protection (to see a previous D&G Alert on data protection, click here). Over 15 years ago, the Safe Harbor program was put in place to enable the transfer of personal data from EU residents to companies in the United States in a manner that, it was expected, was in compliance with the EU standards.

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AILFN Board Elections announcement

(HOUSTON, 2016 February) — Michael Reiss von Filski, Global CEO of GGI (Zurich), was elected Chair of AILFN’s Board of Directors at their recent London Meeting.  AILFN, <www.ailfn.com>, a trade association of global and regional law firm networks, is established to demonstrate the networks are the most effective and efficient model for providing global legal services.

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(Français) Témoignage d’un stagiaire: Le bilinguisme au travail

Avant d’être étudiant en droit, j’étais un artiste ayant une passion pour l’art, la culture et les langues.  Bien que la musique soit une langue universelle, beaucoup de littérature portant sur l’art en général, que ce soit en histoire de l’art ou encore des œuvres d’écriture de compositeurs classiques, est rédigée dans la langue de Molière. Avoir un stage chez RSS à Montréal m’a donné la possibilité de réaliser un rêve : celui de pouvoir vivre parmi les francophones, d’apprendre la culture francophone, d’en faire partie et surtout d’utiliser le français dans ma vie quotidienne. Il est à souligner que j’ai vécu et j’ai grandi à Toronto – ce qui fait de moi un « anglophone ». De l’école maternelle jusqu’à la treizième année en Ontario, j’ai étudié en immersion française, avant d’obtenir des diplômes de l’Alliance Française à Toronto qui m’ont permis de renforcer mes habiletés en français.

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