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The legal hub – Create the ideal state for your corporate legal team

Corporate legal teams are under constant pressure to deliver more value to their organisations. Growing demand and changing expectations from the business mean that legal departments are adapting to embrace innovation and requiring their network of external counsel to do the same. Generally, corporate legal teams are adopting new technologies and adapting to changing pressures […]

Russian sanctions against Ukraine: Ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83. The list of the commodities prohibited for import is provided in […]

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Amendment to S. 197 of companies act, 2013 notified: Government approval no longer required for enhancement of managerial remuneration

In a long awaited move, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2017 (CA Amendment Act), relating to managerial remuneration, which are now in force with effect from 12 September 2018. By way of a notification, the amendments to Section 197 and Schedule V of the Companies […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

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How to keep working mums working

The appointment of 33 female silks earlier this year – the highest number ever – is undoubtedly good news for female barristers. Indeed, the bar generally is now more enlightened than it has ever been. The introduction of the Bar Council’s guidance on maternity and paternity policy, published in 2004, was a big step in […]

Linklaters-KPMG share £5m for two-month job

Linklaters and KPMG are to split a pot of £5m for a two month investigation into the accounts of building company Interserve. In August. Interserve launched an investigation and suspended six senior managers from its industrial services division, which has clients including Heathrow Airport and BP, after finding a £25.9m hole in the accounts. Linklaters […]

PwC creates law, tax powerhouse in Italy

Accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has launched a combined tax and legal firm in Italy, raiding former network firm Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati for eight partners and 80 lawyers. The new firm’s name is Studio TLS, which stands for Tax and Legal Services. It has launched with eight partners and 130 lawyers in total. The […]

CC, Simmons banish PQE to stay within age rules

Clifford Chance and Simmons & Simmons have revamped their recruitment strategies after deeming the term ‘PQE’ to be in contravention of the new age discrimination laws that came into play yesterday (1 October). The measures being introduced by both firms follow the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, which prevent employers from using […]

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