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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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A new regime for air cargo bound for the US

*Originally published by Air Cargo Magazine*

Impending changes to Australia’s National Cargo Security Program (NCSP) relating to US – bound air cargo will require both the Office of Transport Security (OTS) of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and affected industry to effect significant changes.

As a director of the Export Council of Australia (ECA) I have attended recent meetings of the Cargo Working Group (CWG) convened by the OTS.  Clearly, many members of the ECA will be affected by these changes as will others in industry. More…

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Sammenslåing av Advokat Gjermund Pekeberg og Advokatfirmaet Økland & Co DA

Advokatfirmaet Økland & Co fortsetter arbeidet med å styrke sin tilstedeværelse på Romerike. Med virkning fra 01.07.2015 har vi fått fast bemannet kontor på Eidsvoll, etter at advokat Gjermund Pekeberg ble en del av advokatfirmaet Økland & Co DA. Advokat Gjermund Pekeberg har drevet
advokatvirksomhet på Eidsvoll i mer enn 15 år og har møterett for Høyesterett. Hans kunnskap og kontaktnett vil i betydelig grad styrke vår mulighet til å yte førsteklasses juridisk bistand også på Øvre Romerike.

Etter sammenslåingen har advokatfirmaet Økland & Co Da nå 25 advokater og advokatfullmektiger fordelt på fulltidsbetjente kontorer i Lillestrøm, Oslo, Sørumsand og Eidsvoll. More…

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Health Care Representatives for Minor Children

It’s the stuff of parents’ worst anxieties when headed out of town for business or vacation, leaving their minor children at home in the care of a friend of family — their child is injured or becomes sick in their absence. Imagine, leaving with your spouse on a long-planned vacation, many states away or even out of country, leaving your children safely in the care of beloved grandparents. But, life happens, and one child breaks his arm at baseball practice, while you are thousands of miles away and cannot immediately return home. Grandma takes your son to the hospital, where all but necessary emergency treatment is denied because Grandma does not have legal authority to grant treatment on behalf of your minor child. You call the hospital in attempt to authorize treatment, but unfortunately, the hospital will not accept your verbal authorization, requiring a written authorization, properly executed and witnessed. After many phone calls, a faxed authorization form, and locating witnesses in your hotel lobby, hours after the accident you occurred, you finally get the documentation required by the hospital to proceed with treating your son. Unfortunately, I have heard first-hand stories of a real life occurrences of this very scenario.

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Does the Court Have Power to Cure a Defective Will?

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) implements a variety of changes. One of the most significant changes is to empower the Court to order that a record, document, writing, or marking on a Will or document is fully effective as a Will even though the formal requirements for the format and execution of the Will have not been met.

There have been a few reported cases of the Court’s curative power under Section 58 of WESA. The most recent judgment on this issue was just released on June 30, 2015.

In Re Yaremkewich Estate, the Deceased died leaving documents that did not comply with the statutory execution requirements. Prior to her death, the Deceased executed a pre-printed will template form titled “Last Will and Testament” (the “Template”). The Deceased filled out the Template by appointing executors, setting out burial arrangements, directing certain expenses and taxes to be paid from her estate, and providing a number of gifts to relatives, friends and charities.

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Salon Writers and Editorial Staff Demand Representation by The News Guild – Union Organizing in Electronic Media Continues to Grow

In the footsteps of last month’s union election at Gawker, an electronic news site, it has now been reported that all 26 of the writers and editors of San Francisco-based at Salon, another on line news organization, have served the publication with a letter announcing that each of them has designated the News Guild, which until April of this year was known as the Newspaper Guild,  as their collective bargaining representative.

Lowell Peterson the union’s Executive Director commented that the unionization campaigns at Salon and Gawker and a part of the Guild’s broader efforts to represent electronic and new media employees.  The union’s letter to Salon request for recognition explained the employee’s reasons for seeking union representation.  He wrote that while the writers and editors are “pleased to be working for Salon.com,” their goals are the traditional ones – a desire to improve wages, benefits and other working conditions and a desire for a “voice on the job.” He continued that “I don’t think it’s just one specific issue,” but that “they do understand the value of having a collective voice and they do have concerns.”

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New York City Investigation of Hiring Practices

My colleague Laura A. Stutz  at Epstein Becker Green has a Retail Labor and Employment Law blog post that will be of interest to employers doing business in New York City: “New York City Investigation of Hiring Practices:.

Following is an excerpt:

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights is now authorized to investigate employers in the Big Apple to search for discriminatory practices during the hiring process. This authority stems from a law signed into effect by Mayor de Blasio that established an employment discrimination testing and investigation program.  The program is designed to determine if employers are using illegal bias during the employment application process.

Read the full original post here.

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It ain’t how you do it, it’s what you do!

This article is taken from the latest edition of Fladgate’s Fashion Update. Please email the marketing team on marketing@fladgate.com to be added to the mailing list for future updates.

At the annual review of the Leisure Property Forum held at our offices in early February, the view was taken that the market had now reached such a strength in certain areas of Central London that landlords were choosing tenants for unoccupied units, on the basis of what they did and what product they were delivering, as opposed to the more traditional approach of the covenant strength of the tenant itself. More…

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PUNCH LIST: WHAT TO DO WHEN THREATENED OR SUED

Texas Lawyer

In this article, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons partners Scott Marrs and Andrew McGill discuss the initial steps energy companies should take when served with a lawsuit – a more likely occurrence given the current climate of falling oil prices and increasing energy regulation.

PDF FilePunch List: What to do when threatened or sued More…

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Voluntary overtime may require to be accounted for in holiday pay

On Tuesday of this week, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland issued its decision in the case of Patterson v. Castlereagh Borough Council, this being the next stop on the now epic journey which the tribunals and courts have taken in trying to determine what should and what should not be accounted for in an employee’s entitlement to holiday pay.

It may be an apt time of year for this decision given the number of people who will now be going on a summer holiday, but the finding of the court may mean that employers will have immediate worries, rather than being able to leave them behind for a week or two.

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New York City Investigation of Hiring Practices

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights is now authorized to investigate employers in the Big Apple to search for discriminatory practices during the hiring process. This authority stems from a law signed into effect by Mayor de Blasio that established an employment discrimination testing and investigation program.  The program is designed to determine if employers are using illegal bias during the employment application process.

Under this program, which is to begin by October 1, 2015, the Commission is to use a technique known as “matched pair testing” to conduct at least five investigations into the employment practices of New York City employers.  The law requires the Commission to use two “testers” whose credentials are similar in all respects but one: their protected characteristics, i.e., actual or perceived age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, alienage, citizenship status, or another characteristic protected under the New York City Human Rights Law.  The testers will apply for jobs with the same employer to evaluate whether that employer is using discriminatory practices during the hiring process.

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