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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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Landowners are Also Consumers Qua the Builders: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of India (“Supreme Court”) has recently laid down in Bunga Daniel Babu v. M/s Sri Vasudeva Constructions[1] (Casethat a land owner (“Appellant”) who entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with a builder (“Respondent”) for development of his land by construction of a multi-story building, will be deemed to be a consumer within the definition of Section 2(1)(d) of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (“CPA”) despite the rider inserted by the amendment in 2002 thereto whereby the definition of consumer was amended to exclude from its purview any person who avails services for any commercial purpose. 

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Streamlining the process: Exemptions to payment and adjudication legislation

Process plant contracts have historically been exempt to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 – but the justification for this looks increasingly flimsy as time has gone on.

The construction industry is used by now to the payment and adjudication regime introduced by the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

However, there is one particular type of construction contract to which it does not apply.

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Fladgate partners included in recently published Citywealth Leaders List 2016

Fladgate is delighted that the following partners and consultants have been included in the recently published Citywealth Leaders List 2016, a guide to advisers within the private wealth management sector.

Matthew Bennett
Honours List

Teresa Cullen
Family & Matrimonial – Prominent Figure

Simon Ekins
Contentious Trusts – Prominent Figure

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News on foreign trusts in New Zealand

On 8 August 2016 the Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information and Remedial Matters) Bill was introduced into Parliament. It introduces a number of business friendly changes with regard to provisional tax payments. It also strengthens the disclosure requirements for foreign trusts following the Shewan Inquiry.

The principal changes relating to foreign trusts are:

  • an expansion of the level of disclosure to be made to the Inland Revenue Department. The current rules require the name of the New Zealand trustee only. The new disclosure regime will require the name, email address, foreign residential address, country of tax residents, tax identification number of the settlors, trustees, protector beneficiaries and any other person who exercises effective control over the assets of the trust;

 

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Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act

There have been recent amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act 1986 (“the Act”) which are intended to improve rental property standards and tenancy services and are now in force. The Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016 set out the changes in further detail.

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Internet Retailers Beware: NJ Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act Impacts Online Terms and Conditions

New Jersey is widely considered to be among the most consumer-protective states in the country. One of New Jersey’s broader consumer protection laws is the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). While this statute is not new, of late it has become a favorite tool of plaintiffs’ counsel in fashioning class action complaints seeking potentially staggering damages awards.

Recent cases under the TCCWNA have targeted various terms and conditions that retailers seek to impose for transacting business on their websites, such as contractual limitations of liability and waivers of consumers’ rights to recover attorneys’ fees. In light of the liberal construction courts and commentators alike have given the TCCWNA, retailers doing business over the Internet need to be particularly mindful of their online terms and conditions, which, if not carefully constructed, could expose those companies to expensive litigation.

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Week of August 22, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe had our first taste of some cooler weather here in the northeast this week, and it was glorious! Unfortunately, we’re back to super hot summer temperatures this weekend, but hopefully this is summer’s last hurrah (and not only because I have to run a 10k next Saturday morning).

What IS cheering us up are the posts from our ILN members over on ILNToday. We’ve got some great substantive content for you to read through this Friday morning, so grab your coffee and get going!

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Shutts & Bowen Named Among “Best Places to Work in Central Florida” by Orlando Sentinel

On Friday, August 19, Shutts & Bowen’s Orlando office was named among the Top 10 Best Places to Work in Central Florida in the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies 2016. James Willard, Managing Partner of the Orlando Office, accepted the award on behalf of Shutts & Bowen.

Shutts was placed in the Large Company category with other prestigious organizations such as Florida Hospital, Orlando Health and the Orlando Magic. Shutts also placed highest among all law firms in this category.

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Sixty Shutts & Bowen Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

Shutts and Bowen is proud to announce that 60 lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2017. West Palm Beach partner Raymond Royce was also selected as Lawyer of the Year in the Real Estate Law category. Joining the Best Lawyers list for the first time is J. Gregory Humphries in the area of Corporate Law.

Following is a list of the attorneys named and the areas in which they are recognized:

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Shutts & Bowen Welcomes Five New Attorneys

Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce the addition of five new attorneys to the firm. These new hires bring a diverse range of legal experience to support our more than 30 practice areas.

Amanda B. Buffinton (Partner, Tampa) is a member of the Construction Litigation Practice Group. A Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney, Amanda is also Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. She has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court for matters involving construction disputes, professional liability claims, including the defense of design professionals, contract disputes and commercial lending and banking disputes.

 

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