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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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Milbank opens in Beijing after six-month wait

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has launched an office in Beijing to boost its Asian presence. Milbank announced its decision to launch an office in Beijing, first revealed by The Lawyer (January 30), after the closure of its 10-lawyer Silicon Valley office. Milbank chairman Mel Immergut explained that the firm had decided instead to channel […]

Freshfields bags Deutsche-UBS mandate on Europe’s largest hybrid

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Norton Rose cuts billable hours targets

Norton Rose has responded to its associates’ concerns about working hours by slashing the number of chargeable hours needed to be paid a bonus. The firm has introduced a new bonus scheme, applicable across all of its offices, which kicks in when 1,500 billable hours have been recorded. Up to 100 of those can be […]

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