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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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Tabloid terror highlights the need for leadership

The LEGAL profession’s image suffered yet another body blow last week. The revelation that West End firm Boodle Hatfield presented former prime minister John Major with a hefty £400,000 bill for legal services in his capacity as guardian to Princes William and Harry was guaranteed to generate media hysteria. The damage to the profession as […]

In brief: New scheme subjects shoplifters to civil action

A scheme to subject shoplifters to civil as well as criminal action is due to be piloted by 15 retailers in the West Midlands, including Boots, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, from 5 October. The retailers aim to recover sums of between £80 and £150.

The Lawyer Inquiry: James Whiter

James Whiter was born in Stoke on Trent in 1963. He is an associate at Linnells in Oxford. What was your first job? The Official Secrets Act prevents me from discussing it. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £9,000 per annum as a trainee. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

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“We do not have hereditary poets, hereditary rocket scientists or hereditary football managers, so why hundreds of hereditary legislators? In a modern democracy, Parliament must be representative of the people.” – The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, admitting, as one Kiwi paper puts it, to the “British carthorse lumbering along behind New Zealand” as the Government […]

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