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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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Simmons comes under fire for role in Railtrack dispute

CITY firm Simmons & Simmons was attacked at the TUC conference in Blackpool for apparently advising rail chiefs to sack striking signal workers without notice and to face the legal consequences. But the firm declines to be drawn into a public row with unions over the affair. National Union of Journalists general secretary John Foster […]

Long-term relationships out of fashion

THE longstanding relationship between lawyer and private client is in many cases a myth, a survey shows. Research reveals that only 50 per cent of people return to the solicitor they used last. The findings are in a report by marketing firm Synergy which examines how solicitors can win and keep clients. Synergy interviewed a […]

Members not lured by free legal advice

PEOPLE are not flocking to sign up with trade unions which offer free legal advice and financial services. This is the conclusion of an official survey by Labour Research, released in time to surprise lawyers at last week’s TUC conference. Union members were asked why they had joined their union. Only 12 per cent of […]

Lawyers set up group to boost Notts

LAWYERS are behind a new campaign to draw business into Nottingham. The city’s professionals are launching Nottingham First next week to establish the area as a major centre for business services. Eight of the city’s law firms have joined the new group, which also includes accountants, surveyors, bankers and insurers. The independent chair of Nottingham […]

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