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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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King's Bench set names head of chambers and first manager

One King’s Bench Walk, the premier family and white-collar crime set, is appointing a new head of chambers and its first practice manager. James Townend QC is stepping down after 17 years at the helm and will be replaced by Anthony Hacking QC, the highly-regarded criminal fraud barrister. Hacking prosecuted on behalf of the Serious […]

PwC and Standard Chartered Bank settle claim

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the UK-based Standard Chartered Bank have settled a long running damages case in which the Big Five accountancy firm was accused of faulty auditing. The bank claimed PwC gave it flawed advice when it was considering buying the United Bank of America in 1987. Standard sued and was awarded record damages of $341 […]

Next

In just over a week, Next will unveil its interim results to the City. The figures are expected to reflect a positive year during which the company has maintained a healthy share price. But Next’s current profile is in sharp contrast to 1998, when the company issued a profits warning before it revealed a drop […]

St Mary's loses criminal team to rival set

The 10-strong criminal practice group from St Mary’s Chambers is leaving to join rival Nottingham set King Charles House after merger talks between the two sets were abandoned. The two sets were in three-way merger talks with London chambers 36 Bedford Row, but talks collapsed when Bedford Row failed to secure the support of three-quarters […]

McDonald's hands work to Wragges

Wragge & Co has beaten City rivals to win lucrative property work from fast food giant McDonald’s. The Birmingham firm will work alongside Forsters on the development of 100 sites over the next year. McDonald’s head of legal Julian Hilton-Johnson says: “This is a big slice of work and I thought it would be advantageous […]

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