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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 […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

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US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has posted revenue growth of 7.8 per cent to $761m (£490m) in 2014, while the firm’s London office posted a revenue boost of 14 per cent to $103.7m. Milbank’s London office contributed approximately 14 per cent to its global revenue, the firm’s year-end results show. Profit per partner increased […]

Shoosmiths wins award for advising Hitachi on £4.5bn rail deal

Shoosmiths has been recognised for its role advising train manufacturer Hitachi Rail in a multibillion-pound order for trains. IJGlobal (Infrastructure Journal and Project Finance magazine) presented the Intercity Express Programme with the Rail Deal of the Year award at its annual Europe and Africa awards ceremony on 19 February. IEP is a 30-year design, construction and […]

Shoosmiths advises Hewlett Packard on 68,000sq ft city letting

Shoosmiths has advised Hewlett Packard on a new lease of 68,000sq ft of Grade A office space in the City of London, at 1 Aldermanbury Square. Hewlett Packard is set to move into its new office accommodation, owned by EPIC UK, in November 2015, occupying the whole of 1 Aldermanbury Square on a 15-year lease. […]

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UK firms stand out in global legal services industry

Collective turnover at UK firms increased by 8.4 per cent to a record £30.6bn last year – accounting for 7 per cent of the $650bn (£419.6bn) global legal services fee revenue in 2013/14. A new report by TheCityUK, released at the Global Law Summit in London this morning (25 February) found that UK firms experienced […]

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Addressing law’s need for change

This week’s feature on Royal Mail offers a master class in cultural change. It reveals how the postal service’s 2013 IPO not only transformed it from one of the UK’s best known public sector organisations into a listed company, with all of the attendant behavioural changes that such a shift brings, but also how that deal acted as a […]

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