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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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Shoosmiths increases PEP for fifth year running

Shoosmiths posted profit per equity partner (PEP) just short of £400,000 last financial year, marking the firm’s fifth consecutive year of profit increase. The 2005-06 financial year saw PEP hit £396,000, up 16 per cent on £342,000 for the 2004-05 financial year. It is the fifth year that the Northampton-based firm has increased profits, after […]

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On 5 June, The Lawyer reported that the Government has approved the first professional qualification for paralegals – the BTEC in Legal Work. The Institute of Legal Executives also has a professional qualification for paralegals, more recently in partnership with City & Guilds. On 12 June, The Lawyer reported that White & Bowker commercial property […]

Veale Wasbrough’s Pizzey gets a third term

Bristol’s Veale Wasbrough has elected managing partner Simon Pizzey to sit a third successive term. First appointed in September 1998, Pizzey will lead the firm for a further three years. The firm also revealed turnover for the last financial year of £13.3m. Pizzey cited strong performance in the firm’s education and corporate teams. Average profit […]

Arcelor-Severstal merger hits a bump

Tensions are brewing over steel giant Arcelor’s conduct in its proposed merger with Russia’s Severstal – and Allen & Overy (A&O) and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom are both at the heart of the action. Not only are shareholders mounting opposition to Arcelor’s E6.5bn (£4.43bn) share buyback scheme, but they are also voicing discontent […]

Phillips Fox set to take place in DLA galaxy

Phillips Fox has adopted the DLA moniker as part of its entry into the DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary alliance. The firm will rebrand as DLA Phillips Fox when it becomes a member of the DLA Piper group later this year, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (15 June). Tony Crawford, Phillips Fox chief executive, said: […]

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