On 9 March 2020 the trial of a number of suspects in the MH17 case will start. Our colleague Antoinette Collignon is among the members of the team of legal experts and will assist a number of surviving relatives. We wish all surviving relatives and all those who are in any other way involved in this case much strength in these difficult times, in the hope that truth will come out and justice will be done.
At 00:00 hrs on 1 February 2020, Brexit is finally a reality and the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. However, now that the UK Parliament and the EU Parliament ratified the Withdrawal Agreement on 23 and 29 January 2020, there will be no hard (or no deal) Brexit, at least not for the moment.
The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period that will end on 31 December 2020. On the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement, basically all EU law will continue to apply to and in the UK during the transition period. This means that until 31 December 2020, little will change in comparison with the period prior to Brexit. One may say that, as long as no permanent deal on transition has been reached, a soft Brexit applies. During 2020 UK financial institutions will continue to have access to the EU as before. The same goes for EU financial institutions and access to the UK.
As a result, the statutory arrangements made by EU and national legislators and regulators with a view to a hard Brexit, do not need to be enacted in 2020. These arrangements may however still be necessary if no agreement is reached between the UK and the EU on their future relationship. In other words, a hard Brexit is still possible, in which case the statutory arrangements may be enacted after all. Whether this will be the case will become clear in the course of 2020 or even thereafter, should the transition period be extended.
Dutch statutory arrangements for investment firms and AIFMs
As indicated in previous Brexit updates, arrangements have already been made in the Netherlands, or are already in place, to accommodate investment firms and AIFMs from the UK when dealing with professional clients or qualified investors within the Netherlands. This is primarily done with a view to protecting Dutch institutional investors, enabling them to continue to deal with UK investment firms and AIFMs. As a result of the transition period, the new Dutch exemption for UK investment firms that was announced earlier will not be enacted for the moment due to the lack of a hard Brexit.
Even though the existing EU regime will continue to apply to and in the UK in 2020, the most important conclusion to be drawn is that for the moment a soft Brexit is now truly a fact, but for the moment only for 2020. This means that parties that have postponed their mitigating actions must still take action to address the consequences of Brexit. While the negotiations between the UK and the EU may still result in an agreement on continued access by UK financial institutions to the EU, success should not be taken for granted. Should such negotiatons fail and in the end result in a hard Brexit, measures will have to be taken to secure continued access to (clients in) the EU.
On 30 January 2013, with the support of Legaltree, the Lions Award was presented at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.
This year the award went to the Mexican feature “Penumbra” by Eduardo Villanueva, a highly promising and socially aware director. In winning this award, Villanueva has also received further encouragement to continue to develop as a film director. Legaltree would like to wish both him and his team continued success in the future.
Thursday, August 1st, San Francisco: The American Association for Justice (AAJ) awarded Antoinette Collignon, partner of the Dutch law firm Legaltree, with the ‘International Trial Lawyer Leadership Award’ at the annual convention of the AAJ in San Franciso on July 22nd. Collignon has been awarded for her important contributions to personal injury law within Europe.
Says Mary Alice McLarty, president of the AAJ: ‘Collignon is an advocate for the cause of civil justice, both in her international practice and in her role as President of PEOPIL, the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers. She is an extraordinarily experienced and tenacious injury lawyer.’
Collignon is a partner of the Dutch law firm Legaltree. She specialises in cross-border personal injury cases and works closely together with other renowned international law firms in Europe and the USA. McLarty: ‘She was one of the people who inspired the foundation of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers in 1996. Since 2009 she has become the first Dutch and first female president of this organisation. Collignon connects people, initiatives and knowledge. She is also a renowned speaker stating our case to international organizations and bar associations, across the world. The AAJ is proud to present her with our International Award.’
The International Trial Lawyer Leadership Award is given to a non US trial lawyer leader who has contributed significantly to the development of international relations and exchange of information among plaintiff lawyers.
As the world’s largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights and strengthens the civil justice system since 1946. With members worldwide, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system. More information at www.justice.org
The Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) was founded to improve and promote judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of legal and judicial systems of European jurisdictions in the field of personal injury law.
Currently the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers has 550 members from 36 jurisdictions within Europe. More information at www.peopil.com
The latest developments in the field of copyright law in the Netherlands have recently been described by Legaltree partners Marjolein Driessen and Olav Schmutzer in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Copyright 2015.
Legal experts from 23 countries/jurisdictions were selected to contribute to this guide, published by Global Legal Group Ltd in London. On the basis of 31 questions – spread across seven themes – copyright is viewed from various legal systems.
Driessen and Schmutzer were approached for the Dutch contribution. You may view their English-language contribution here .
Legaltree and expertise
Being a modern law firm, our partners share relevant expertise proactively with the market. The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Copyright 2015 offers up-to-date and practical comparative legal copyright information on the basis of a Question & Answer format, thus enabling the reader to make a proper comparison between the various legal systems worldwide. If you wish to be kept informed of relevant legal knowledge in the field of intellectual property law, such as copyright law, please send an e-mail to Olav.Schmutzer@legaltree.nl or email@example.com
On 23 January 2015, the Cuban filmmaker Carlos Quintela was awarded the Lions Film Award for his film La Obra del Siglo (The Project of the Century) by the Lions Club L’Esprit du Temps. Using unique Cuban archive footage, this film portrays three generations of Cubans. Co-sponsored by Legaltree, the Lions Film Award is awarded annually during International Film Festival of Rotterdam to a promising filmmaker whose film has been supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund for its post-production, and shows clear involvement in societal and political issues. Legaltree wishes Carlos Quintela and his team continued success.
Ard van der Steur, co-founder of Dutch law firm Legaltree, has been appointed Minister of Security and Justice in the Netherlands. Established in 2008, Legaltree is the first law firm in the Netherlands to fully integrate new workplace strategies into its organisational model. Combined with a strong emphasis on personal contact with the client, Legaltree’s unique structure allows lawyers the freedom to excel. The company motto is Quality is Personal.
Co-founder Sander Oorthuys: Ard has played a significant role in the formation of this innovative company. We are proud that he has been entrusted with the post of Minister of Security and Justice. He’s an excellent lawyer, hard-working, a fine colleague with a warm personality who, with his insight, has not only helped many clients and innovated modern law office methods, but also during his term in Parliament, has challenged the legal profession to improve quality standards. We wish him every success in his new role.
Founded in 2008, Legaltree is the first law firm in the Netherlands to fully integrate new workplace strategies into its organisational model. Combined with a strong emphasis on personal contact with the client, Legaltree’s unique structure allows lawyers the freedom to excel. The company motto is Quality is Personal.
Legaltree only works with senior lawyers with a minimum of ten years’ experience. Legaltree guarantees their clients exclusive attention at senior level and aims to deliver highest satisfaction rates within the legal profession. With more than 20 lawyers working both individually and as a team they provide tailor-made solutions for national and international clients.
The current state of affairs in the field of trademark law in the Netherlands has recently been described by Legaltree partner Olav Schmutzer in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks 2015.
Legal experts from 42 countries/jurisdictions were selected to contribute to this guide, published by Global Legal Group Ltd in London. On the basis of various questions – spread across 17 themes – trademark law is viewed from various legal systems.
Schmutzer was responsible for the Dutch contribution. You may view his English-language contribution here.
Legaltree and expertise
Being a modern law firm, our partners share relevant expertise proactively with the market. The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks 2015 offers up-to-date and practical comparative legal trademark information on the basis of a Question & Answer format, thus enabling the reader to make a proper comparison between the various legal systems worldwide. If you wish to be kept informed of relevant legal knowledge in the field of intellectual property law, such as trademark law, please send an e-mail to Olav.Schmutzer@legaltree.nl.
About the authors: http://www.iclg.co.uk/firms/legaltree/olav-schmutzer