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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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Conflict forces Hogan Lovells partner off Megaupload case

A prominent US-based Hogan Lovells lawyer acting for content-sharing website Megaupload.com has been forced to withdraw over conflicts of interest involving another client, it has emerged. It is understood that Hogan Lovells fraud partner Robert Bennett initially advised the company and several executives after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last week ordered the […]

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Inner Temple sets face summer chaos as Belgian Olympic Committee moves in

Concerns have been raised over the prospect of up to 50,000 visitors to the Inner Temple during the summer Olympics following a deal to allow the  Belgian Olympic Committee (BOIC) to reside there for the event. Management of chambers located in the Inner Temple were called to a meeting with the Honourable Society of the […]

Unsettling times for News Group

The Rolls Building will later today host the parties in the ongoing phone-hacking cases for a pre-trial hearing. This is a widely anticipated trial, with many media lawyers expecting it to be a crucial point in the build up to the expected full trial next month (see blog). There is still time for News of […]

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Magic circle firms announce NQ retention rates of 89 per cent

Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have both announced they are keeping 89 per cent of their spring 2012 qualifying trainees. A&O has revealed that 51 of its 57 trainee solicitors have accepted newly qualified (NQ) roles, after the firm made 52 offers. Freshfields is keeping 41 out of 46 trainees, after making 42 […]

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