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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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Parallel drives

Canada’s provincial governments have been examining each other’s approaches in their bids to develop the use of public-private partnerships. Over the past few years, the use of public-private partnership (PPP) models in infrastructure projects has grown significantly in Canada. In 2007 the federal government created a new agency, PPP Canada, to encourage the development of […]

Fifty jobs to go as crunch hits Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy is set to axe up to 50 jobs, including 20 fee-earning roles, as the firm seeks to stave off the full impact of the credit crunch. As first reported on The Lawyer.com (20 June), the West End firm has opened a 30-day consultation with all staff as part of a firmwide strategic review. […]

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Simmons & Simmons smashes PEP target

Simmons & Simmons has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by nearly 22 per cent, smashing through its target. The firm recorded PEP of £647,000 well clear of the £600,000 target the firm set a year ago. The figure marks an increase of more than £100,000 on last year’s figure of £532,000. Early […]

Maitland, Harneys in Cayman ventures

Offshore services firm Maitland Group is to launch a Cayman Islands-based law firm after recruiting former Walkers partner Sara Collins. Offshore services firm Maitland Group is to launch a Cayman Islands-based law firm after recruiting former Walkers partner Sara Collins. Maitland has traditionally opted to position itself as an offshore trust services company, but managing […]

Kennedys acquires Davies Lavery

Kennedys acquires Davies Lavery” />Kennedys is set to grow a national network of offices after merging with insurance boutique Davies Lavery. The merger will give Kennedys an instant footing in Birmingham and Maidstone, as well as a larger base in Chelmsford. A merger with Kershaw Abbott Solicitors in March saw the firm move into Manchester. […]

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