On the eve of the annual St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2019, Kommersant newspaper conducted a survey among the regular Forum participants which are major players on the market of legal services. These participants were asked to share their impressions of previous forums as well as their expectations for this year.Read More
The annual event Investment Forum was held in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the week. A business brunch was organized as part of the Forum to discuss the topic of Life after Sanctions: Why it Is Worth Investing in St. Petersburg. Anton Kabakov, Partner at Forte Tax & Law, spoke at this brunch.Read More
The notion of “warranties and representations” has been borrowed from Anglo-American law and appeared in Russia when Article 431.2 of the Russian Civil Code entered into force in 2015. Julia Talagaeva, Senior Associate at Forte Tax & Law, told RBC how this new legal tool caught on in Russia and described the practical problems that arose from its use.Read More
Recently, courts have been allowing lawsuits against website owners/administrators for deletion of disparaging information posted online by anonymous users. Such lawsuits require, among other things, the establishment of legal circumstance, i.e. the availability of defamatory information, and allow the deletion of discrediting feedback about individuals or companies by a single court decision.Read More
Delovoy Peterburg has published an article on Legal Forecasts or How the Market of Legal Services is Entering a Golden Age. Legal consultants discussed with Delovoy Peterburg journalists the changes expected in the legal market in 2018 as well as trends already noticeable on this market.
Anton Kabakov, Partner at Forte Tax & Law, spoke about tax practice and outlined the characteristics typical to tax law in 2018. “Tax law is the most dynamic area of law. Hundreds of amendments are introduced to tax laws every year. The main trend in 2018 is the “fight against the shadow economy” or the improvement of tax collection thanks to the fight against the shadow sector and the whitewash of the economy” comments Anton.
Anna Yakovleva, Senior Associate at Forte Tax&Law, commented on the prospects of labor law developments. Anna noted that “as if to bestow a “New Year’s gift”, the Ministry of Labor has scheduled most of its inspections in the first quarter of 2018. These labor inspections will be conducted as per a new format involving checklists, while the old practice of “one fine per single violation” will remain in place. Courts will, as a result, be flooded with cases challenging inspection results. We also expect tougher criminal sanctions on employers for delay in wage payments as well as in migration disputes arising from the 2018 World Cup.”
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has been playing an important and very active role in state regulation for a while. Many law firms have set up a separate practice offering special services for liaising with this particular state authority, and others have filled this niche by specializing in resolving issues with the FAS. Anton Kabakov, Partner at Forte Tax &Law, agrees that the FAS has become more active and also talked with Delovoy Peterburg about the demand for antimonopoly compliance from European businesses.
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In an article published in June, Delovoy Peterburg reported on how much lawyers receive for their representation services in court and on how much litigation costs can be recovered from losing parties.Read More