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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's team has seen some development; practice head Sophie Dawson joined from Ashurst and Lynne Lewis joined from Minter Ellison, where she led the firm's disputes offering. The practice has a focus on intellectual property matters and the technology sector and represents a telecoms company in matters concerning access arrangements to properties in connection with its network. It also acted for an IT services company in a dispute arising from the interruption to data centre services.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s ‘overall level of service is very high’; ‘very responsive’, 'highly commercial' practice head Hamish Fraser has ‘a deep understanding of clients' business’. The seven-partner team has been strengthened by the addition of regulatory specialist Thomas Jones, formerly at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and noted for bringing new carrier clients and matters to the team, and media and technology specialist Sophie Dawson, from Ashurst. Jones advised SpeedCast on a ten-year agreement to supply managed satellite services to nbn, and Shane Barber rendered regulatory advice to Vodafone in relation to the roll-out of 4G networks across Australia.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird added to its bench, welcoming ‘excellent litigator’ Lynne Lewis from Minter Ellison. The team is spearheaded by Jane Owen, who continues to represent Generic Health as the defendant in an ongoing patent litigation case filed by Otsuka, as well as representing said client as a claimant in a Federal Court case. Owen also represents Dongkuk Steel in its dispute with BlueScope. Led by Troy Gurnett, longstanding client Volkswagen receives strategic advice on trade mark filing, prosecution and branding issues. Shehana Wijesena is another name to note.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is noted for its 'growing capacity' following the arrivals of Sophie Dawson from Ashurst and of Rugby Australia's former general counsel, Rich Hawkins, who is an expert in sports media rights deals. Dawson ‘has great depth of experience across media issues’ and continues to advise Nine Entertainment on a privacy matters. Shane Barber is an integral member of the team and recently advised Toronto-listed Kew Media Group on its acquisition of US and Australian-based Essential Quail Media Group. In a further highlight, it assisted Star India with its negotiations with Cricket Australia to obtain international broadcasting rights. The team ‘has great media sector and privacy law knowledge’ and covers the full spectrum of media-related matters. Key clients include Microsoft, Expedia and GlaxoSmithKline.

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    Earlier this month, we reported that the list of gTLD applications would be published on 13 June 2012. "Reveal Day" has arrived and the list of gTLD applications has been published on ICANN's website. Please click here to download a PDF copy of this list for your review.
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    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (“FTS”) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept. 
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    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
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    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the “Danish Beneficial Ownership Cases”, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
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    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
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    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
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    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.