Reputational law: Star Wars stormtrooper battle is a warning on copyright protection | Schillings

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It is well recognised that the Internet has made the world a smaller place. Not just by the easier methods of communication and the exchange of information, but also to commerce and the availability of new, larger markets to buy and sell to. These changes have provided opportunities for small businesses to reach a potential …

Making certainty certain: the operation of settlement offers under CPR 36 | Bond Dickinson LLP

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One of the main factors behind many settlements of civil claims is that settlement will achieve certainty for the parties. Further, the settlement of civil disputes is encouraged at every stage of the litigation (and pre-action) process. Parties to disputes have also been equipped by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) with powerful settlement weapons, in …

Commission clears Orange and T-Mobile merger with conditions | SJ Berwin LLP

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On 1 March 2010, the European Commission conditionally cleared the proposed merger between Orange UK Ltd (Orange) and T-Mobile (UK) Ltd (T-Mobile), during phase one of its investigation. To resolve the Commission’s competition concerns, the parties have agreed to amend an existing network sharing agreement with Hutchison 3G UK Ltd (H3G) and to divest a …

Indian government prescribes new guidelines for work visas | Amarchand Mangaldas

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The boom in the Indian economy has been accompanied by an increase in the perception of India as a lucrative avenue for employment. The employment of foreign nationals, especially as skilled or super-specialised labour in areas such as information technology, oil and gas, power projects or to lead Indian operations of multinational companies, is a …

Tier 4 student visas: tough new rules for foreign students | Magrath Sheldrick LLP

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On 10 February 2010 the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Alan Johnson, announced that foreign students from outside Europe wishing to come and study in the UK would be required to meet stricter entry criteria. The announcement follows the Prime Minister’s announcement of a review of the Tier 4 route under the points-based …

Carrying outcross-border mergers in central, eastern and south-eastern Europe | Wolf Theiss

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After advising a client on merging a group of companies across several countries, we realised there was a need for a firm-wide effort to research and compile a guide on how to successfully carry out multijurisdictional mergers. The project focused on the 12 countries in central, eastern and south-eastern Europe (CEE and SEE) where Wolf …

Recent developments in tax case law | Jones Day

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The beginning of 2010 has been marked by several important tax cases, which stand out either because they are indicative of the attitude of tax authorities or concern points of law that might have consequences for all taxpayers.

Jurisdiction clauses: clear and precise incorporation is needed | Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP

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In a contractual dispute (or indeed any dispute), involving at least one party domiciled in an EU member state, the choice of jurisdiction will be governed by Brussels II (Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001). This regulation sets out when the courts of a member state should have jurisdiction. It also allows the parties to opt …