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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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Denton Wilde Sapte scores government PPP hat trick

Denton Wilde Sapte, Freshfields and Simmons & Simmons have beaten off four firms to win places on the Treasury Solicitor’s first Private Public Partnership (PPP) panel. The firms will handle all PPP government work and will deal predominantly with the Home Office. The firms won places after undergoing a lengthy tendering process beginning in February, […]

Faith, hope and clarity

Recent changes to legislation may not appear to affect charities, but read the small print. Simon Wethered reports. In addition to the much trumpeted and well-publicised Government initiatives to boost charitable gifts under the title of “Getting Britain Giving”, the recent changes to legislation will have a real impact on charities in trading, employment, contract […]

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“We have people overseas and they probably met someone who recommended it over a gin and tonic.” – Hyder’s Geoff Williams on picking a good firm.

Cripps hires Wates company secretary

Leading south-east firm Cripps Harries Hall has taken on the company secretary of Wates Group, one of the biggest privately owned property groups in the country. William Mackie, who has been the lead legal counsel at the group since 1994, is joining the firm as a partner. Mackie has been at Wates for 14 years, […]

Are you ready to break free from Sif?

As the abolition of Sif gets closer Trevor Moss asks whether the qualifying insurers provide a viable alternative. With more of a whimper than a fanfare, the list of qualifying insurers was listed on the Law Society website last week. From 1 September, the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund (Sif) will cease to exist and solicitors’ professional […]

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