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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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Report calls for big hike in PI awards

A new Law Commission report calling for the level of damages for non-pecuniary loss to be doubled in some serious personal injury cases has been hailed as “excellent news” by a leading City lawyer. The report claims that damages for matters such as pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life are too […]

Slaughters embraces marketing

Slaughter and May is understood to be close to setting up its own marketing department. It is believed that Adrian Pane, a specialist from the Cranfield School of Management, has recently visited the firm to discuss how it could approach the area. The business development manager at a large UK practice claims she was recently […]

Law Soc says no to newly-qualifieds

Newly-qualified solicitors have again been denied a seat on the Law Society council after council members ignored the recommendation of its own committee. The Council Membership Committee’s call for one of the two local government seats to be scrapped in favour of a newly qualified lawyer was narrowly defeated by two votes. After the chairman […]

… but axes 13 from Moscow practice

Freshfields has announced 13 redundancies at its Moscow office – and refuses to give assurances that more will not follow. A spokeswoman from the firm confirms that three Russian lawyers and 10 support staff have recently been cut from the office due to the country’s economic difficulties. “If you look at investment banks, accountants and […]

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