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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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Halliwell Landau has acted for Manchester-based Expansys since it was founded in July 1998 and is its main legal adviser. The technology company’s acquisition of internet retailer 21store.com for around £250,000 is characteristic of the consolidation underway in the sector. Expansys already had a competing retail operation and is keen to add the recognised brand […]

Masons gets corporate capability in Scotland

Masons has hired its first corporate partner in Scotland from leading Scottish firm Dickson Minto. Derek Stroud will be working primarily with the firm’s fast-growing IT client base, but will also work with construction and energy clients. Until now, the corporate requirements of the firm’s Scottish-based clients have been handled from its London and Leeds […]

France Telecom legal chief joins B&M to launch team

France Telecom is losing its general counsel to the Paris office of international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Emmanuel Guillaume will join Baker & McKenzie as a partner at the beginning of June. He will take with him the legal director of France Telecom subsidiary Branche Enterprises, Christian Blomet, who will join the firm as […]

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