A major issue for asset recovery lawyers in France is the complexity associated with complying with requests for foreign legal assistance. The jurisdiction has two distinct regimes: a regime under the ordinary law and a simplified structure pertaining to the closer relationships between member states of the EU. Practitioners must navigate these regimes in order to accurately advise a client in cases with a cross-border element. Five lawyers stand out in our research for their “sector-leading expertise” in the field.
2014 saw two key decisions from the first chamber of the French Supreme Court that contributed to the ongoing development of French law with respect to arbitrators’ obligations of disclosure: Groupe Antoine Tabet c/République du Congo, and Sté Tecnimont SPA c/Sté J&P Avax. In this active sector we single out 59 leading lawyers and seven expert witnesses.
Administrative law remains an active source of work for French lawyers in both domestic and international firms as they assist clients in challenging the decisions and actions of public authorities. In this edition, we identify 16 leading lights.
In February 2015, a new law imposing statutory minimum wage regulations on foreign truck drivers plying international routes to and from France and undertaking cabotage in the country. It follows a similar move by the German government earlier in the month. In the aviation sector, there has been a significant amount of transactional work including the delivery of five French tax leased aircraft to China Eastern Airlines. In the following pages we list 39 of the leading rail, road, aviation and shipping lawyers in France.
2015 began with several high-profile trademark matters. The Court of Paris recently reached a decision finding no trademark infringement, no counterfeiting and no unfair competition in a case brought by Gucci against Guess. The decision saw Gucci’s request for 55 million euros in damages denied. Furthermore, France’s IP office rejected 50 trademark applications for ‘Je suis Charlie’. In this active sphere, we identify 27 leading lawyers.
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