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Best Time to Get Married During Law School

From the annals of law school posts, we perused dozens of student missives about when is the best time to get married during law school.The consensus answer was to do it during a winter break or early summer, but definitely not before finals or taking the bar exam. Of course, a few said there is no good time during law school to get married. And then...

Ex-Millionaire's Sentence for Fraud Upheld

Where to begin the story of Luke Brugnara, the former real estate mogul turned art con...His criminal spiral downward began sometime in 2014. His sentence will not be over until about 2022. Perhaps the best place to start is in the middle of his case, when the judge granted him a furlough to meet with his attorneys at the courthouse.Brugnara ran --...

Emergency Roadside Kit for Trial Lawyers

It may sound like a tool for ambulance chasers, but actually an emergency roadside kit for trial lawyers is a good idea.There's nothing as rookie as having to borrow a pen from the bailiff or a notepad from the clerk in the middle of a trial. It's not a good look to have your tablet or computer -- with all your files and research -- run out of battery...

Entering the Ring on the First Day of Work

In professional boxing, fighters usually start the first round by touching gloves and lightly jabbing for a few minutes. Nobody comes out swinging for the fences in the first round. It is more like a fencing match, as opponents parry to ward off blows and gauge their distance.It is a tried and true strategy to size up your competition in the first...

Should Jurors Be Removed for Crying?

After a police dog named Rocco was stabbed to death, jurors at the trial of his accused killer listened to a recording of the dog barking.It was too much for one juror, who started to cry. The defendant's attorney asked the judge to remove the juror, but the judge refused and an appeals court affirmed the ruling."The showing of emotion, in and of itself,...

Asia Pacific

Corporate bosses who put pension schemes at risk could be held to account

If returned to government, the party would consider the introduction of a new criminal offence, according to its manifesto.It has also proposed new powers to allow The Pensions Regulator to take action against those who mis-manage pension schemes. The regulator would be given the right to scrutinise, impose conditions on or prevent mergers and takeovers...

China successfully extracts gas from methane hydrate in South China Sea

China has successfully extracted gas from methane hydrate, an ice-like substance that is trapped in ice crystals, state-owned news agency Xinhua has reported.23 May 2017China collected samples of the combustible substance in the South China Sea in what minister for land and resources Jiang Daming described as a "major breakthrough...

Conservatives pledge better employee representation on company boards

The commitment is one of several proposals put forward by the party to ensure that boards "take account of the interests not just of shareholders but employees, suppliers and the wider community", according to the document.The manifesto proposes giving companies a choice of three ways to comply with the new requirements: by nominating a director from...

EBA told to rethink on screen scraping ban under PSD2

EU commissioner for financial services, Valdis Dombrovskis, confirmed the need for a rethink in a speech given in Brussels late last week. Screen scraping involves the use of software to automatically collect information from websites and systems. In the payments market, third party financial technology companies, including some payment initiation...

Low earners suffer wage suppression as companies plug pensions deficits

A new study into pensions deficit payments (32-page / 340KB PDF) by the Resolution Foundation said DB deficit payments were “directly lowering employee pay by between £1.4 billion and £2.2bn a year”.The study identified a sharp increase since 2000 in the share of 'non-wage' elements in employee compensation, including payments into pension schemes....

Europe

​Lamont Pridmore warn high earners about HMRC raids

Higher rate taxpayers have been warned by leading Cumbrian accountants Lamont Pridmore to be vigilant over their tax affairs.The warning comes after new data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) shows that its Affluent Unit took an additional £438 million pounds of high earners.Off the back of this success the Unit, which investigates the tax affairs of...

A Legal Perspective on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

Following pressure from sections of Parliament and the public, Theresa May’s government has published a 77-page white paper document to set out a strategy for leaving the EU. But what does it add to what we already know? Stephen Chater, a solicitor at Postlethwate Solicitors, member firm of the UK200Group, explains.The UK200Group is the UK’s leading...

​32% law firms see private equity as a principal source of external funding

With growing competition from niche firms, law practices are actively seeking targeted acquisitions to scale-up in chosen disciplines.  32% see private equity as a principal source of external funding. Niche law firms seen as greatest source of competition. 59% of firms report a rise in competitive pressure. There is a sharp increase...

​Shoosmiths continues South East expansion with partner hires

National law firm Shoosmiths has further strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of two new partners into the South East offices.Amit Nayyar joins Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells where he was a leading corporate partner. Previous to this, Amit has held positions at White & Case and Pinsent Masons. Based out of Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes...

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City. Read More

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Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404623_text (Sep 24, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM), issued Resolution No. 2,121/2015 on, inter alia, eliminating the need by women over 50 years of age to obtain the consent...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404624_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in...

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404625_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of...

China: Death Penalty Crimes to Be Further Reduced

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404620_text (Sep 22, 2015) On August 29, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) adopted the Ninth Amendment to the PRC Criminal Law. The 52-article Ninth Amendment will take effect...

International

Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Philip Zeidman

Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Philip ZeidmanWe are delighted to present Philip Zeidman, senior partner in DLA Piper’s Washington, DC office, with our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.Philip Zeidman attended Yale University, and Harvard Law School, before beginning his legal career as a trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission and subsequently...

Firm of the Year 2017: Clifford Chance

Firm of the Year 2017: Clifford ChanceClifford Chance has been named Global Law Firm of the Year 2017 at the Who's Who Legal Awards which were announced on 15 May 2017 at Plaisterers’ Hall, London.This year marks the fourth time Clifford Chance has received our award for global law firm of the year. An undisputed leader in the international legal...

India – Galloping Towards an Open FDI Regime

India – Galloping Towards an Open FDI RegimeBy Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand MangaldasCyril Shroff assesses India’s recent reforms to its FDI regime highlighting key legislative developments and what this means for the future of corporate activity within the country. Foreign investment laws in India have changed dramatically since the start of...

2017 M&A and Governance Practice Area Review: Austria

2017 M&A and Governance Practice Area Review: AustriaBy Clemens Philipp Schindler, Schindler AttorneysIn this article, Clemens Philipp Schindler explores the recent trends in the corporate world in Austria including deal activity, the development of the real estate and construction sectors and both public and private M&A transactions. Deal...

M&A and Governance 2017: Roundtable

M&A and Governance 2017: RoundtableWho’s Who Legal has brought together Nick Miller at Hunt & Hunt, Roman Shulyar at Phenomena and Sergio Michelsen at Brigard & Urrutia to discuss key issues facing corporate lawyers and their clients today.To what extent have recent government policy and regulation on transactions impacted the market?Nick...