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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 24 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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Are you an accidental director?

This article was previously published in Real Business.

You might think it is very simple whether or not you are a director – after all, either you have been appointed to the board of a company, or you haven’t.

Company law, however, recognises that some individuals may in practice be acting as directors, even if they do not officially hold that title. The consequences may be significant. More…

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Reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy

February 2014 saw another round of reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy regulations. Many of these are welcome changes brought in to deal with some of the issues that have arisen since local authorities introduced their CIL charges.

A few of the headline changes to note: More…

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Social Media Privacy Update: What Employers Need to Know About New State Legislation

By Anna A. Cohen

As we previously reported, social media privacy has become the latest issue to be regulated by state legislation. Last week, Wisconsin jumped on the social media privacy bandwagon. On April 8, 2014, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that in most cases prohibits employers, among others, from requesting or requiring passwords or other protected access to “Personal Internet Accounts” of current employees and applicants for employment.

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Multistate Tax Update — April 17, 2014

Through a multifaceted approach, New York Gov. Cuomo and the New York Department of Taxation (Department) have increased tax collection efforts, penalties and criminal prosecution all in the name of collecting what is owed. New York is not alone in ramping up its efforts, as the trend in most states has been to increase tax collection efforts.

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Business Restructuring Alert: New court rule significantly changes receiver appointment, duties and compensation

With little fanfare, the Michigan Supreme Court recently issued an order that significantly changes the rules related to the appointment of receivers. The Order (ADM File No. 2012-30) amends Michigan Court Rules 2.621 and 2.622 as follows:

  • Establishes rules for the appointment of receivers and the orders appointing them
  • Sets forth criteria that prospective receivers must meet
  • Clarifies the duties of receivers
  • Sets forth procedures for the payment of the fees of receivers and their professionals

The new Court Rules, effective May 1, 2014, were adopted after the portions of the originally proposed revisions regarding the selection of receivers were poorly received by judges and judicial groups around the state. While the new provisions raise questions that will generate new case law and cannot be fully addressed here, certain key points are summarized below. 

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: YOU Are a Brand

“Yes, yes, yes” is what I said when I read Jaimie Field’s latest rainmaking recommendation, “YOU are a brand.” Whether you like it or not, whether you think “branding” is a dirty word or not, everything you say and do affects how people think of you – affects the brand of “you.” So have a look at Jaimie’s latest post!

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Regardless of whether you are in a large, midsize or small firm or a solo practitioner, you have a brand.

In fact, you ARE a brand. And personal branding is becoming more and more important in the second decade of the 21st century.

What your personal brand is: Your personal brand is what people think of when they think of you. It is how they would describe you to others.

What personal branding is not: It is not how you perceive yourself, but how others perceive you.

These can truly be two different ideas. It, therefore, becomes important that you control how you
want others to perceive you and what you want them to know you can do.

You need to begin to answer the following questions in order to control your personal brand:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you do?
  • How are you different from others?

However, when you are contemplating these questions, you have to determine who the “you” is that want the world to see.  This will help you determine what personal brand you want to begin to develop.

Once you have answered these questions, you need to begin to market your answers to your prospective clients and referrals sources – social media and blogging are two of the best methods for your personal brand to get noticed.

Please understand that personal branding requires authenticity. If you are a “jerk” in real life, you can never be the “good guy” as part of your personal brand. People will find out the difference and you will lose the credibility needed to create the trust you require for people to connect with and contact you. So, if you are jerk in real life – own it in some way in your personal brand. Think Howard Stern, for example.

Personal branding is basically marketing your personality and knowledge to others. Remember, people do business with people they know, like and trust.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO A COLLEAGUE WHO YOU THINK WOULD BENEFIT; IT MUST BE FORWARDED IT IN ITS ENTIRETY. ALL INFORMATION IS THE COPYRIGHT OF MARKETING FIELD, LLC © 2014

Rainmaking Recommendations are sent the first and third Wednesdays of the month. They are bite size tips that when implemented will cause you to make rain. To learn more about Rainmaking, Goal Setting and Achieving the Life you want as an Attorney please contact Jaimie B. Field, Esq. If you have missed any of the previous Rainmaking Recommendations you can find them at www.jaimiefield.com The Enlightened Rainmaker Blog.

 

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New EU Regulation on Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products

On April 2, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to repeal the current EU Directive on clinical trials of medicinal products for human use and replace it with a new Regulation.  The primary goals of the new Regulation are to:

  1. Streamline the approval process for studies conducted across multiple Member states;
  2. Harmonize the regulation of clinical trials throughout the Member states; and
  3. Increase transparency of Clinical Trial results.
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Penalties Rise for ADA Noncompliance

By Andrea R. Calem

Noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act just became costlier. Pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula, on March 28, 2014 the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a final rule raising the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Civil Rights Division, including those assessed under Title III of the ADA (“Title III”).

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Credit Union Regulatory Alert

Thank you for taking the time to read this Howard & Howard Credit Union Regulatory Alert. We aim to provide our credit union clients and friends with information to help you understand and interpret the ever-changing regulatory environment.

Be sure to review the links to our past Regulatory Alerts below the main article. And, of course, new readers can sign-up for our free e-Alerts here.  More…

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5 COMMON CREDIT CARD ACT VIOLATIONS (THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014)

It has been almost five years since the Credit CARD Act was passed by Congress and more than four years since the compliance dates set by the Federal Reserve Board (many compliance professionals may still be haunted by the date February 22, 2010). While it would seem like credit card compliance issues are in the rearview mirror, now is the perfect time for credit unions to review their procedures to ensure they remain compliant.

And, a lot has happened in the past four years - most notably the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and the subsequent creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Now that the CFPB has met its Dodd-Frank mandates, its attorneys are freed-up to review other areas of concern -  including credit cards. More…

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