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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 April 20, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

We’re almost at the end of April (although it feels like winter outside), and it’s been another busy week here at the ILN. Our delegates are signing up like wildfire for our Annual Conference in Sicily at the end of May (can’t wait!) and we’re deep into planning our European Regional Meeting which will be in Glasgow in September. We’ve got a record turnout for next Monday’s IP group lunch, and our firms are churning out thoughtful content left and right.

On that note, here’s a roundup of this week’s articles from ILNToday:

 

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Shared parental leave

An employee (Mr X) has informed us that he intends to take an extended period of time off work to help to care for his baby when he/she is born in May. How should we respond to this request?

Eligible employees were previously entitled to take either one whole week’s or two consecutive weeks’ ordinary paternity leave (OPL) within 56 days of a child’s birth or placement for adoption and a further period of additional paternity leave (APL), of between two and 26 weeks in length, which was required to start 20 weeks, and end 12 months, after the child’s date of birth or placement for adoption. More…

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Cinemas as ACVs?

This article was previously published in Screentrade Magazine on 1 March 2015

Once closed, how may cinemas become ACVs, or ‘assets of community value’? What does it mean anyway, and what are the limitations and likely realities when enabling community groups to bid for these properties? 

There have seen some recent high profile examples recently of local community groups, taking advantage of a right enshrined in the Localism Act 2011, to apply for historic local buildings to be listed as an ‘asset of community value’ (ACV). This right, existing since September 2012, has been enthusiastically embraced by local communities. And whilst pubs have received more applications than any other type of building, cinemas – such as the Bexhill Playhouse, the Crystal Palace Rialto and the Stockport Savoy – have also been nominated. Once listed, the owner is unable to sell or lease the building for five years without first notifying the community group. There then follows a six-month moratorium, during which the owner may continue to market the property but it will be unable to sell (or lease) it to anyone other than the community group until the six month period is up. The moratorium is designed to give the community group time to raise finance to purchase the property. More…

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HOMS Dublin Office Move (24.4.2015)

HOMS are delighted to announce that on Tuesday, the 28th April 2015, our Dublin office is moving from its current location at 16 Hume Street to larger premises at 2 Ely Place in order to facilitate the ongoing growth and expansion of our Dublin practice.

We initially opened our Dublin office in March 2009 at 14 Hume Street with a view to targeting institutional banking and recovery work and institutional financial lines defence w …To View Entire Article  CLICK HERE…

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies: This Week in Washington — April 24, 2015

On Thursday, the Senate – by a vote of 56 to 43 – finally voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Lynch replaces Eric Holder.

Forty-four Democrats and two independents voted in support of Lynch, while 10 Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell crossed party lines to back her confirmation. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, and Rob Portman also voted for Lynch.

Lynch will become the 83rd attorney general and the first African-American woman to hold the post. Democrats have vocally supported Lynch and seized on her delay in confirmation to accuse Republican leadership of slow-walking the nomination to spite the president.

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Clark Wilson wins appeal for Brenhill Developments

We acted for Brenhill Developments in today’s successful appeal of a January 27, 2015 BC Supreme Court decision that quashed a rezoning for a 36 storey mixed use tower and development permit issuance for a 13 storey social housing building in downtown Vancouver.

Construction of the social housing building was well under way at the time of the lower court decision. Brenhill obtained an order in February 2015 for the expediting of the appeal, which dealt with such issues as public hearing disclosure, and how the Court should respond to challenges commenced long after Approval in Principle is granted for the rezoning Development Permit Board approval for the permit.

Peter Kenward and Andrew Dixon worked to bring the appeal to a successful and speedy conclusion. Read a recent news article on the decision.

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Environmental Marketing Needs To Get Real

Think GreenAs you know, Davis & Gilbert produced our 2014/2015 Lessons Learned Practical Advice document, where our lawyers highlight major developments in the marketing communications industry, and offer tips and best practices for marketers and their agencies in 2015. To view the full 2014/2015 Lessons Learned Practical Advice document, click here. This week, I wanted to share with you the section I co-authored with Matt Smith on environmental marketing.

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Creating Natively Digital Brand Experiences – A Recap

Attendees at the Legal Marketing Association conference will normally shy away from any session that is entirely presented by service providers – but if that session is done by One North, they’re making a big mistake.

Not only are they always entertaining, but they assume the audience comes in with a high level understanding of the content to begin with (not always the case with all presenters, admittedly) and they deliver some solid food for thought. 

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Breitenbücher CRO – Neschen AG meldet Insolvenz an

Der Vorstand der börsennotierten Neschen AG hat heute die Restrukturierung des Unternehmens unter gerichtlicher Aufsicht eingeleitet. Zum Sanierungsvorstand wurde Dr. Bettina E. Breitenbücher von der bundesweit tätigen Kanzlei KÜBLER bestellt. Ziel ist eine nachhaltige Entschuldung des Unternehmens und eine Reorganisation der Beteiligungsverhältnisse. Der operative Geschäftsbetrieb des Neschen-Konzerns und die europaweit 300 Arbeitsplätze bleiben unberührt.

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Multistate Tax Update — April 23, 2015

In 2010, Joseph Romm, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and shared his findings about how certain provisions of the U.S. tax code inhibit cost-effective commercialization and deployment of clean, homegrown energy. Dr. Romm is well-respected and experienced in this area; during 1997, he was the acting assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and from 1995 to 1998, he was principal deputy assistant secretary.

At the time of his testimony, Dr. Romm noted that the country’s tax policy needed a comprehensive energy strategy. While barriers to clean energy still exist through all levels of government, certain cities and states are deploying their own tax policy in a way that encourages environmentally conscious conduct.

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