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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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Litigation Recent Decisions 17/10/95

Taxation on damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names Deeny v Gooda Walker (1995). CA (Simon Brown LJ, Peter Gibson LJ and Saville LJ) 5/10/95. Summary: Whether damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names for losses to underwriting business are subject to income tax. Appeal by defendant managing agents against ruling that the £300 million damages awarded to Lloyd’s […]

Irish name change

Irish law firm Rory O’Donnell & Company Solicitors has changed its name after signing a number of lawyers from the commercial department of Limerick’s Murray Sweeney. The new firm, O’Donnell Sweeney, is headed by former Murray Sweeney lawyer Joe Sweeney who joins as managing partner. The move takes the firm, which will have a staff […]

Theodore Goddard oversees TSB deal

Theodore Goddard has played a key role in the Lloyds Bank £5 billion takeover of TSB, a deal set to create a £15 billion financial services giant. Theodore Goddard, TSB’s lawyers since the bank’s 1986 flotation, worked with teams from Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines to complete the deal. Freshfields, lawyers to the Bank of […]

Names issue writ against Clyde & Co

Lloyd’s Names are suing Clyde & Co, a major legal player in the Lloyd’s insurance market in connection with one of the biggest pieces of Lloyd’s litigation to date. Clyde & Co said it will contest the action. The 4,000-member Sturge Names Action Group (Snag) is instructing Eversheds in this and other actions after collectively […]

Bar and Aclec clash over witnesses

The Bar Council’s decision to allow more contact for witnesses has been challenged by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec). In a letter to the Bar Council Aclec says it has “considerable reservations” about the proposed amendments to the current rules. It adds that the committee “has expressed considerable concern […]

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