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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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Customs issue further notice on DDP transactions

In our Update of 21 August we referred to the revocation of Australian Customs Notice 2000 / 30 effected by the issue of a new Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice 2014 / 36.

The revocation of the earlier Notice was of some significance given that it had been in place for 14 years and that there was no forewarning that there were problems with the Notice which necessitated its revocation. More…

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Fed up with trusts? Try a FIC!

If you want to give something away but retain some control over it, chances are that an English lawyer will tell you to use a trust. 

I am a great fan of trusts but, let’s be honest, they have some potential drawbacks.  For example, if an individual puts more than £325,000 into trust, a 20% Inheritance Tax (IHT) entry charge could be payable.  Most trustees currently pay Income Tax at between 37.5% and 45% and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) at 28%, which leaves less after tax to reinvest.  It is also very difficult to prevent beneficiaries interfering in the trust administration completely – the whole premise of a trust is that the trustees have to be accountable to the beneficiaries.  Laudable but not always wanted.

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Bernard Pinsky speaks on the TSX’s new rules against "zombie directors"

Bernard Pinsky was featured in “TSX makes majority voting mandatory,” an article about new rules against “zombie directors” of publicly traded companies. A zombie director is a person who does not have the confidence of a company’s investors, but remains on the board nonetheless. The new rules will “give more power to shareholders,” explains Pinsky, “moving towards more accountability.” Bernard was also featured in another article, “Traditional viewpoint appears to be in flux,” and commented on how, when it comes to negotiating in good faith, Canadian courts may start moving towards the position taken by U.S. courts in cases that required good faith negotiations.

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CIPO’s acceptable wares and services entries: added to TMClass, made Trilateral friendly

CIPO has announced two interesting changes regarding its Wares and Services Manual.

TMClass

First, CIPO-approved entries have now been added to TMClass, a multi-jurisdictional database of acceptable goods and services claims maintained by  Europe’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).  TMClass now contains acceptable goods and services descriptions for nearly 40 different jurisdictions in 29 different languages, making it an increasingly useful resource for practitioners who are crafting IDs with an eye to minimizing or altogether avoiding local ID objections.

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Focus on Customs reform here and in the EU and our uptake on FTAs

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the trade policy “space” (to use the cliché) and it is very clear that Governments here and overseas are placing an increased focus on customs reform as part of a global push on trade facilitation and de – regulation, even though the Protocol on adoption of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement was not adopted by the deadline of 31 July 2014.  In a related topic, a number of studies have recently been released which emphasise the need to improve the use of Free Trade Agreements (“FTA“) and for Governments to adopt measures to assist in that process. More…

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AVOIDING COMMON FRANCHISING PITFALLS FOR FRANCHISEES

A Practice Note discussing select causes of disputes and other liabilities that franchisees commonly overlook when entering into franchise agreements or other transactions that implicate state or federal franchise laws. This Note describes certain steps prospective franchisees can take to identify potential liability in franchise arrangements, including understanding franchising disclosure documents, fees and contract provisions. This Note primarily addresses franchisee concerns and does not present a comprehensive list of all possible franchising pitfalls. It is merely a guide to assist franchisees to avoid important, but commonly overlooked, areas of liability in franchising transactions. More…

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MONEY MATTERS: ATTORNEY CONTINUES TO DRAW ON HIS FINANCE BACKGROUND

Credit unions and other financial institutions have to navigate a complex web of laws and regulations.

“It’s incredibly fulfilling working with credit unions – as their underlying mission is to help their members,” says Steven Van Beek, an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys in Royal Oak, who previously served as vice president of Regulatory Compliance and senior federal counsel at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). More…

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Clark Wilson’s Insurance Group to speak at the Insurance Institute of BC

The Insurance Institute of BC has invited Clark Wilson’s Insurance Group to discuss Property & Casualty Insurance: Top Cases & Industry Developments for 2013-2014. They will provide insights on topics such as legislative updates, arson and insurance and duty to defend. This event will take place on September 9, 2014 at UBC Robson Square.

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HOWARD & HOWARD’S MATTHEW J. KREUTZER APPOINTED A COMMISSIONER OF THE CA STATE BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION

Royal Oak, Michigan, August 26, 2014:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Matthew J. Kreutzer has been appointed a Commissioner of the California State Board of Legal Specialization’s Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory Commission.  This four-year appointment starts in September.

The California State Board of Legal Specialization administers the state’s legal specialization program, provides policies and guidelines for certification and recertification of specialists and recommends new specialty areas and modifications to existing specialty areas to the State Bar’s Board of Governors. As a member of the Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory Commission – one of eleven advisory commissions that support the Board of Legal Specialization – Mr. Kreutzer will be involved in the review and recommendation on certification and recertification applications to the Board of Legal Specialization for Franchise and Distribution Law; development and grading of the legal specialist examination for Franchise and Distribution Law; review and approval of applications for approved legal specialty education provider status and for individual education programs for Franchise and Distribution Law; as well as recommend revisions to the standards for certification and recertification to reflect the current practice in the area of Franchise and Distribution Law. More…

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Theodore Goloff represents RSS at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting

August 26, 2014 — RSS was again active at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, held in Boston from August 7 to 11. Theodore Goloff presented summaries of some of the most important Canadian judgments regarding labour relations, bullying, psychological harassment and age discrimination, to an audience of lawyers from within and outside the United States. The presentation was part of the meeting of the International Labor and Employment Law Committee of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment.

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