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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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.SUCKS Sunrise Registration Period Now Open – Let the Griping Begin

iStock_000009235179XSmallThe Trademark Clearinghouse (“TMCH”) Sunrise Period for the new gTLD .SUCKS launched March 30, 2015 and is open until May 29, 2015.  During this sunrise phase, trademark holders who have registered their trademark registrations with the TMCH will be eligible to register the corresponding .SUCKS domain.  The General Availability period opens June 1, 2015, at which time anyone will be able to register a .SUCKS domain.

While .SUCKS is a gTLD meant for gripe sites, what may cause even more justifiable griping among brandowners is that the cost for a .SUCKS domain name registration during the sunrise phase is a very hefty $2,499 (U.S.).

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Summer Placements – Miller Samuel LLP

Miller Samuel is currently looking to offer summer placements to law students seeking experience of working in a commercial lawyer’s office.

Our main practice areas are Commercial Property, Residential Conveyancing, Private Client, Family, Litigation (Personal Injury & Commercial Litigation) and Employment and successful applicants will have the opportunity to gain exposure to all of these areas.

During the placement, the successful candidate will be required to carry out administrative duties, undertake legal research and will have the opportunity to shadow our professional staff.

Placements will last for 2 week periods, which will take place between June and August (exact dates to be confirmed). The placements will be unpaid, but candidates will receive a £20 per diem to cover expenses.  If you are interested in applying, please forward your CV to nancyp@millersamuel.co.uk.

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Securing the .BANK Domain

In May of 2015, the .BANK generic top level domain “gTLD” (similar to .COM, .NET, and .ORG) will become available for reservation by qualifying banks/financial institutions. Banks do not have to give up their current gTLD to register the .BANK gTLD, and should consider the advantages of securing the .BANK domain even if they don’t plan to use it immediately.

The .BANK gTLD will easily identify banking communities on the Internet for banking customers. Only verified banking organizations are eligible to register .BANK domain names.  The following explains the purpose of the .BANK gTLD and provides information about protecting your important banking brand in this new space. More…

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Chambers and Partners 2015 Rankings

For 2015, Mardemootoo Solicitors has recently been ranked amongst the top law firms in Mauritius, with Chambers and Partners having the following to report:

“What the team is known for: Making headway in the Mauritian legal scene, offering significant experience in the financial services, tourism and leisure sectors. Attracts a wide range of mandates, from banking and investment fund transactions to tax and insolvency matters. Additional expertise in banking litigation and commercial disputes”. Strengths (Quotes mianly from clients): “Mardemootoo Solicitors are versatile, deliver on their promises and go the extra mile to satisfy their customers.” “Very effective and have the ability to analyse situations from an informed legal point of view.”

The firm’s Managing Partner, Sivakumaren Mardemootoo (Robin), was again named as one of the top lawyers in Mauritius for 2015, as a leading individual in the General Business Law section (Band 2):

“Founding partner Robin Mardemootoo has quickly established an impressive presence in the market, with sources saying he “has the edge” from his international exposure, having trained in France and the USA. One client added: “He upholds great integrity, is thoroughly knowledgeable of Mauritian law and gives solid advice.”” More…

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A lease may not always be a lease for VAT

Lease services often lead to uncertainty from a VAT perspective. Some services which seem like lease at first glance do not meet the criteria “lease” for VAT purposes. The improper classification can lead to surprises: on the one hand the lessor’s deduction right can be challenged, on the other hand a seemingly VAT-exempt transaction could trigger VAT liability. A recent ECJ decision will set standards for these situations.

The case

The owner of a Belgian football-stadium leased the stadium to the local football team for 18 days a year. According to the agreement of the parties 20% of the fee represented the consideration for the actual real estate use and the remaining 80% compensated other supplementary services. The supplementary services included the maintenance and cleaning of the facilities, the maintenance of the lower and the provision of reception services. More…

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Dutch law case: Does your employee terrify you and other employees?

Damir Lacevic 5It happens rather frequently that an employee within an organization behaves in a manner that does not exactly bring joy to his colleagues. To put it even more strongly, a behaviour that frightens them. I once dealt with such a case in my own practice. Pursuant to the Working Conditions Decree  [Arbowetgeving] the employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment. Should an employee clearly threaten or intimidate others, there are legal possibilities to intervene.


Practice is often unruly. The personnel sometimes senses insecurity or uneasiness, yet it is difficult to make plausible, let alone to prove, that a person forms a real threat. Therefore the only thing that remains is the well known gut feeling. More…

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Proposals and Way Forward For the Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry Pursuant to Budget 2015

Every year, the budget brings new possibilities and expectations for the industry and this year was no different. The Union Budget (“Budget 2015”) created some positive buzz for the private equity and venture capital funds.

Given below are a few of our preliminary observations on certain proposals put forth by Budget 2015 vis-à-vis the expectations of the private equity and venture capital segment.

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Adam Dlin and Don Sihota attend ACG Capital Connection

Adam Dlin and Don Sihota are attending the Association for Corporate Growth 2015 Capital Connection today at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. The one-day event offers access to the latest in industry knowledge from national thought leaders, interaction with peers and networking. The 2015 theme is “Invest in British Columbia”.

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Boyles_Jami15Lewis Rice LLC is pleased to announce Jami L. Boyles has returned to the Firm to serve as our Chief Administrative Officer. Previously, Jami was the National Director of Human Resources at Graybar. Prior to her tenure at Graybar, Jami practiced Labor and Employment Law with the Firm from 2001-2011.

As Chief Administrative Officer, Jami will work closely with the Firm’s Management Committee, attorneys and department chairs to ensure that our employment and other administrative needs are met to support our attorneys as they, in turn, meet the dynamic needs of our clients. Additionally, Jami will lead the lateral attorney hiring efforts of the Firm. More…

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Two for Tuesdays: Unique Content Marketing Ideas

Supposedly, spring is coming here in the northeast, though with snow and continued single-digit temperatures, it’s hard to believe.

But April will start tomorrow regardless, and if you’re spring cleaning your house, why not “spring clean” your content marketing as well? (It’s a cheesy metaphor, but bear with me).

Last night, I was reading a post from Practical ECommerce that offered some content marketing ideas for April, using April holidays as a springboard. I was ready to discount this right off the bat as being not applicable to the legal industry, but it turns out that it may actually be quite useful…which serves as yet another good reminder as to why we’ve all got to stay open-minded when it comes to marketing and business development ideas. 

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