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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 […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

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Plans unveiled for the new Singapore International Commercial Court

Singapore is looking to create an innovative new dispute resolution system that will be of interest to many clients, especially (but not exclusively) those with business and commercial interests in south-east Asia. In January 2013, Singapore’s chief justice Sundaresh Menon CJ suggested the creation of a Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) with the aim of […]

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Clifford Chance launches mixed Saudi Arabia partnership

Clifford Chance has established a partnership in Saudi Arabia by transferring longstanding co-operation firm Al-Jadaan’s two partner transactional practice into the firm. The joint Saudi and foreign owned law firm has opened with 30 Saudi and foreign lawyers. The new five partner team includes two partners from its longstanding co-operation firm Al-Jadaan & Partners, banking […]

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Commercial contracts in Vietnam – get your dispute resolution clause right

The legal enforceability of contracts in Europe and North America is widely regarded as a given. But contracts between foreign investors and Vietnamese entities or with a reference to Vietnam that establishes Vietnamese jurisdiction should always explicitly answer the questions “what institution will decide any disputes and in which language, and what national law is […]

Retail sector: outlook for the year ahead

By James Batham Last year was a big year for innovation in retail. Many businesses exploited new technology to provide a more efficient and personalised service for consumers. Making retail bespoke to each consumer, by the development of smartphone apps, the creation of digital catalogues and adopting contactless payment technology, helped retailers focus on bringing […]

Plans to simplify petrol storage legislation

By Sophie Wilkinson The Health and Safety Executive is consulting on changes to legislation concerning the storage of petrol — with the aim of simplifying and modernising it. The proposal is to create one new set of regulations to replace eight existing pieces of legislation that currently apply to petrol storage. The main change for operators […]

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