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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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RPC raids McGrigors as tax litigation rivalries escalate

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has poached a tax litigation partner from its rival team at McGrigors. Mark Whitehouse, formerly head of civil tax litigation at McGrigors, joins RPC as its first dedicated tax litigation partner during a period of flux for the tax litigation market, which boils down to a fierce rivalry between DLA Piper, […]

UK firms on the prowl for German opportunities

Lawrence Graham is also looking towards Germany. It is starting to rebuild its presence in Europe by forming links with independent law firms in jurisdictions such as France, Italy, Spain and, of course, Germany, where the firm is still working with old ally Esche Schumann Commichau. Senior partner Bill Richards says that, while Europe continues […]

Hammonds bolsters tax with DLA hire

Hammonds has strengthened its tax offering with the hire of a tax accountant from DLA Piper. Michael McCormack joins Hammonds as a director of tax, having previously worked for Ernst & Young and the Irish Revenue before DLA Piper. McCormack will advise Hammonds’ clients on corporate and commercial tax issues, as well as helping the […]

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US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has hired corporate partner Sandra Esquiva-Hesse from the Paris office of Clifford Chance, where she was of counsel. Reading-headquartered firm Pitmans has hired IP assistant Sarah Hadland from Eversheds. South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has taken on Frances Blomeley as associate partner and head of commercial […]

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