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Novartis keeps firms waiting for results of global panel review

Swiss pharmaceutical powerhouse Novartis is nearing the end of its global legal panel review, which is understood to have been launched earlier this year. The panel is underway following the appointment of GC Shannon Thyme Klinger, who took on the role in June 2018, replacing Felix Ehrat. Her appointment came four months after Novartis also […]

UBS appoints new EMEA litigation head after departure

UBS’ head of litigation Susy Bullock has left the bank after five years, with its regional head for Hong Kong taking over her role as head of the EMEA region. Bullock has been replaced by Jake Scrivens, who has been employed at the bank since 2017. He is the regional head of litigation and managing […]

Shell reveals top-level legal changes

As Shell embarks on a global review of its panel, it has rejigged its leadership team with Michael Coates taking on the role of group chief ethics and compliance officer and general counsel. Coates succeeds Leanne Geale, who left to join Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland in July, as executive vice president and general counsel. Before […]

Pinsents secures place on Siemens’ three-firm panel

Manufacturing giant Siemens has rejigged its legal panel, with Pinsent Masons claiming a spot on the roster at the expense of one of the company’s longtime advisers. Pinsents replaces Osborne Clarke, which featured in the company’s 2016 and 2013 panel. The appointment marks a return to the roster for Pinsents, which was cut from Siemens’ […]

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Building your legal operations function

The History of legal operations, and why you need it As you’re reading this paper you’re probably already aware of what legal operations is, but may be seeking more clarity on what the function should and should not cover in order to address the skills needed and help you create the best team. Broadly speaking, […]

Act on amendments of the civil procedure act steps into force

The Act on Amendments of the Civil Procedure Act in Croatia stepped into force on 1 September 2019 and brought substantial changes through the first amendments of the provisions governing civil procedure since the reform in 2013. The amendments were praised in Croatian legal community, because they aim to expedite dispute resolution and end the main […]

General considerations regarding the jurisdiction of Austrian

By Vladimir Komarov Despite the fact that the political situation in Austria, in comparison with other countries of the Western world, is considered more favorable towards Russia, banks and other service providers have recently begun to treat Russian customers with increasing suspicion and skepticism. Therefore, doing business in Austria or using Austrian jurisdiction for capital management […]

Mining, agricultural and construction equipment financing

By Marie-France Béland, Mathieu Santos-Bouffard The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, signed on November 16, 2001, in Cape Town (the “Cape Town Convention”) establishes an international regime for the creation, enforcement, registration and prioritization of security interests in categories of high-value, uniquely identifiable mobile equipment. In addition to Convention protocols specific to aircraft, railway […]

Employment Essentials from August: term-time only workers; whistleblowing; constructive dismissal and more

By Connie Cliff, Jane Fielding, Siobhan Bishop, Simon Stephen August is traditionally a quiet month for legal developments as Parliament and the Senior Courts’ judges are on their summer holidays. Nevertheless, employment law developments continue. This month our pick of the latest developments and how they might impact your business are: Holiday Pay for term-time […]

Personal data breaches by employers – when do you have to own up?

By Michelle Clark Do you as employer and data controller have to report all personal data breaches to the ICO and/or the data subject? Do your processors need to tell you when they suffer a breach? In this article, we consider the extent of an employer’s obligations. Security of personal data has been high on […]

How to draft secondment agreements

By Michael Briggs, Sarah Owbridge Our drafting masterclass series continues with a look at alternative working arrangements – namely, secondments, sabbaticals, fixed term roles and zero hours arrangements. In this article, we discuss the key factors in drafting a secondment agreement. While a secondment within the same employer or group can be managed relatively informally, […]

1 September – all change (again) for the community infrastructure levy

By Katherine Evans On 1 September 2019 the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will change (again). In this legal insight we remind you of the five top changes. 1 – Removal of the pooling restriction Charging authorities will be able to use both CIL and section 106 contributions to fund the same item of infrastructure. This will […]

Joint venture companies: practical problems of their organization and corporate governance

By Dovzhenko Igor Konstantinovich, Smykova Ekaterina Romanovna Joint venture companies, being one of the forms of doing business, despite the sanctions and the tense political situation on the world stage, continue to enjoy certain popularity in Russia. Foreign investors are actively investing their money, knowledge and experience in domestic business, together with Russian partners, are […]

New Trade Regulations in Serbia: Paving the way to the digital market?

By Sanja Spasenović, Goran Radošević On 22 July 2019, Serbia enacted a new Law on Trade, as well as some important amendments to the Law on E-Commerce. The new trade regulations in Serbia are an attempt to keep pace with European legislation and the comparative practices of other countries, with the applicability of some provisions postponed until […]

Mining 2019 – Mozambique

By João Afonso Fialho and Ângela Viana Standing 1 What is the nature and importance of the mining industry in your country? The mining industry arguably represents one of Mozambique’s most important sectors and stands at the forefront of the country’s development efforts. Mining is one of the principal drivers of the nation’s economy and […]

Innovative new law opens up Guernsey to Artificial Intelligence

By Andrew Munro The newly enacted Electronic Transactions (Electronic Agents) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2019, which came into force on 1st March this year, signals a turning point in law for companies using Artificial Intelligence which itself represents an area of exponential growth and critical importance for future development in many areas and sectors worldwide. This exciting […]

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