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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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Week of August 25, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

Here in the US, we have a holiday weekend, so that means Monday is a day off! Even better, it was
downright chilly when I woke up this morning, and I couldn’t be happier that fall is sneaking in – for many reasons, but mostly because Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spiced Latte early this year. I haven’t picked one up yet, but I’m definitely getting one today!

So before you head out for the weekend, grab your own PSL and take a gander through these top posts from ILNToday!

 

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How to prepare for a dawn raid

This article was previously published in Real Business

Size and reputation mean little when an unannounced inspection (or a dawn raid, as they are commonly known) is conducted by a regulatory authority. Often, it will signal the start of protracted proceedings against an organisation, which can cause disruption and distress to the business and individuals alike.

Preparation is key. Whilst it will never be possible to predict if or when a dawn raid will take place, organisations should have a tried and tested plan in place so that informed decisions can be made on how to react.  More…

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Client Service: What would make you leave?

This morning, Nancy Myrland wrote an excellent blog post on one of the most important questions you should be asking your clients, both new clients and long-term clients:

What can I do to keep you as a client for the long haul?”

Nancy must be reading my mind again, because I have “client service” down as the subject to focus on for today’s post.  Her post got me thinking about the counter-question to this one, which is “What would make you leave?” 

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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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Multistate Tax Update — August 28, 2014

Professional athletes seem to have it all. They get to play sports for a living, travel around the country, spend lots of money, live in big homes, drive fancy cars, and gain notoriety and fame. The lifestyle of a professional athlete though can be quite taxing, literally. Professional athletes must navigate a complex scheme of state and local tax laws, and are subject to taxation in nearly every destination in which they perform over the course of a season. While there is a widespread perception that athletes are subject to a unique set of taxes specially designed for athletes, often referred to as “jock taxes”, that is not entirely accurate.

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New York Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) Program Alert: Revised Regulations Are Particularly Relevant to DSRIP Participants

On August 27, 2014, the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) issued revisions to its proposed regulations implementing the Certificate of Public Advantage (“COPA”) process, which will facilitate immunity for New York health care entities from state and federal antitrust liability through active state supervision of covered activities. Earlier proposed regulations were issued on September 18, 2013. The DOH’s revisions clarify the process of application, reporting requirements, periodic review, and scope of antitrust protections for entities listed in a COPA, as well as the state agencies involved in the COPA program. Public comment on the revised regulations will be accepted through September 26, 2014.

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Attorney Christopher Graham Dean joins McDonald Hopkins

CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 28, 2014) – Christopher Graham Dean has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Dean joins McDonald Hopkins after more than five years at a Chicago-based firm where he provided representation to clients in a variety of litigation matters. He has experience in commercial litigation, including contract, fiduciary duty, professional negligence, mechanics’ lien claims, and intellectual property litigation. Dean has substantial experience in all aspects of trial and appellate preparation, as well as managing complex discovery processes.

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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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