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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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It ain’t how you do it, it’s what you do!

This article is taken from the latest edition of Fladgate’s Fashion Update. Please email the marketing team on marketing@fladgate.com to be added to the mailing list for future updates.

At the annual review of the Leisure Property Forum held at our offices in early February, the view was taken that the market had now reached such a strength in certain areas of Central London that landlords were choosing tenants for unoccupied units, on the basis of what they did and what product they were delivering, as opposed to the more traditional approach of the covenant strength of the tenant itself. More…

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PUNCH LIST: WHAT TO DO WHEN THREATENED OR SUED

Texas Lawyer

In this article, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons partners Scott Marrs and Andrew McGill discuss the initial steps energy companies should take when served with a lawsuit – a more likely occurrence given the current climate of falling oil prices and increasing energy regulation.

PDF FilePunch List: What to do when threatened or sued More…

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Voluntary overtime may require to be accounted for in holiday pay

On Tuesday of this week, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland issued its decision in the case of Patterson v. Castlereagh Borough Council, this being the next stop on the now epic journey which the tribunals and courts have taken in trying to determine what should and what should not be accounted for in an employee’s entitlement to holiday pay.

It may be an apt time of year for this decision given the number of people who will now be going on a summer holiday, but the finding of the court may mean that employers will have immediate worries, rather than being able to leave them behind for a week or two.

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New York City Investigation of Hiring Practices

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights is now authorized to investigate employers in the Big Apple to search for discriminatory practices during the hiring process. This authority stems from a law signed into effect by Mayor de Blasio that established an employment discrimination testing and investigation program.  The program is designed to determine if employers are using illegal bias during the employment application process.

Under this program, which is to begin by October 1, 2015, the Commission is to use a technique known as “matched pair testing” to conduct at least five investigations into the employment practices of New York City employers.  The law requires the Commission to use two “testers” whose credentials are similar in all respects but one: their protected characteristics, i.e., actual or perceived age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, alienage, citizenship status, or another characteristic protected under the New York City Human Rights Law.  The testers will apply for jobs with the same employer to evaluate whether that employer is using discriminatory practices during the hiring process.

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Week of June 30, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

If you’re looking at your calendar and thinking, “wait, today isn’t Friday!” you’re correct – it’s Thursday. But tomorrow is a holiday here in the States to observe the Fourth of July, which falls on a Saturday this year. So I’m bringing you the round up a day early. Aren’t you lucky?

Let’s take a look at the top posts from this week on ILNToday:

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ATO Garnishee Notices and Secured Creditors

Under the Tax Administration Act 1953 (Cth), the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation has wide ranging power to assist it in collecting tax debts. One of these powers is the ability to issue a garnishee notice.

A garnishee notice is served on a third party who either holds money on behalf of a tax payer (i.e. a bank) or a party that owes money to the taxpayer.

Often, when the notice is issued, the taxpayer is already in financial difficulty and is likely to be in breach of its loan arrangement with its bank / lender. More…

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Isabel Franco discusses the arrest of corporate magnates in Brazil

In the article “Arrest of corporate magnates marks “new era” in Brazil, say lawyers “, published by LACCA on June 26, 2015, KLA Anti-Corruption partner Isabel Franco discusses the arrests of the heads of two of Brazil’s largest companies. According to Franco the fact that these top executives have been investigated and arrested is fundamental to the new era that Brazil is inaugurating in the combat against corruption. More…

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Networking Takes Center Stage at Gotham Comedy Club

Maxine NeuhauserSometimes, getting out there to connect with clients and contacts can seem like just one more chore on our already long list of “to do” items.  Building a network can be serious business, but recently EBG’s Women’s Initiative turned it into a laughing matter. On June 25 we gathered at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club for an evening of stand-up comedy presented by women (and a couple of male) comedians.  The networking was fun and the entertainment was a hit.

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“Ohio Supreme Court: Which Dormant Mineral Act applies?” Jeff Pollock quoted in Farm and Dairy

COLUMBUS—Many eyes are on the Ohio Supreme Court as it muddles through the question of which Ohio Dormant Mineral Act applies to surface rights and mineral rights owners. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on one case June 18 involving the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act and heard another case June 23.

Ohio Dormant Minerals Act

The Dormant Mineral Act governs the ownership rights of minerals that have been severed from the surface lands. It establishes conditions and procedures by which the ownership of mineral rights are preserved with the mineral holder or abandoned to the owner of the surface lands. The 1989 version of the Dormant Minerals Act has been described as a “use it or lose it” statute: If the mineral interest owners did not “use” their mineral interests during a 20-year time period, they automatically vested in the surface owner.

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Five EEOC Initiatives to Monitor on the Agency’s Golden Anniversary

My colleague Nathaniel M. Glasser recently authored Epstein Becker Green’s Take 5 newsletter.   In this edition of Take 5, Nathaniel highlights five areas of enforcement that U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) continues to tout publicly and aggressively pursue.

  1. Religious Discrimination and Accommodation—EEOC Is Victorious in New U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
  2. Transgender Protections Under Title VII—EEOC Relies on Expanded Sex Discrimination Theories
  3. Systemic Investigations and Litigation—EEOC Gives Priority to Enforcement Initiative
  4. Narrowing the “Gender Pay Gap”—EEOC Files Suits Under the Equal Pay Act
  5. Background Checks—EEOC Seeks to Eliminate Barriers to Recruitment and Hiring

Read the Full Take 5 here.

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