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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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Firms go nuclear as NDA invites bids for panels

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is looking to cut firms from its legal panel. The Nuclear Decommissioning ;Authority (NDA) is revamping its legal panel before the multibillion-pound decommissioning of the first fleet of civil nuclear plants and experimental and ;research sites ;in Dorset and Oxfordshire. The government body, which currently operates three rosters of advisers, wants […]

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A&O blames recession for exhaustive clearout

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) wide-reaching internal restructuring was triggered by an unexpectedly sharp downturn at the beginning of this year, according to managing partner Wim Dejonghe. Last week the firm announced ;a ;£44m ­restructuring that will see it cut 47 partners and 200 fee-­earners, spin off its private client business and freeze billing rates at […]

Obituary: Peter Peddie

Peter Charles Peddie CBE QC died on 3 February 2009. Peddie joined Freshfields ­Bruckhaus Deringer as an articled clerk in the 1950s and became a partner there in 1960 at the age of 28. He quickly established himself as a company law ­specialist. In the early 1970s Peddie was involved in M&A activity in sectors […]

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Trowers to cut four jobs in UK regions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy consultation with fee earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales market, with three in Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. According to a firm spokesperson, those working on plot […]

Spanish deals

When negotiating pre-insolvency agreements in Spain, lawyers should take into account directors’ liability, say Alberto Núñez-Lagos and Ángel AlonsoWith the current financial crisis, many companies are resorting to out-of-court restructurings or renegotiations as opposed to going to court to handle their insolvencies. When negotiating pre-insolvency agreements in Spain, lawyers should take into account directors’ liability, […]

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