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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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Weightmans captures RAC lawyer

Weightmans has recruited head of legal services Bavita Rai from the RAC to become the firm’s first-ever head of litigation operations. Rai joins Weightmans as a partner. Weightmans managing partner Patrick Gaul said: “Bavita has the right skills. She’s worked in commerce and has experience in this industry. She’s also a very personable individual.” The […]

Jonathan Waters: British Medical Association

BMA director of legal services Jonathan Waters doesn’t just have to contend with a single entity’s legal matters, he has to keep an entire profession happy. By Joanne Harris It is a changeable time for membership organisations, burdened as they are with ever-tougher legislation. The British Medical Association (BMA), which looks after the interests of […]

Hammonds appoints first non-executive chair

Hammonds has turned to management consultants Bain & Co for its first non-executive chair, appointing Crawford Gillies. Gillies spent 23 years at Bain, where he was most recently managing director for Europe. He is also a director of the Department of Trade and Industry, and was previously chair of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) […]

How to keep working mums working

The appointment of 33 female silks earlier this year – the highest number ever – is undoubtedly good news for female barristers. Indeed, the bar generally is now more enlightened than it has ever been. The introduction of the Bar Council’s guidance on maternity and paternity policy, published in 2004, was a big step in […]

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