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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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Herbert Smith defies exodus from Russia

Herbert Smith will open its Moscow office in June, as first revealed in The Lawyer (15 February). The two-partner, six-lawyer office will be headed by energy partner Alan Jowett, head of the central and east European group. The office will focus on energy and natural resources at first. The Lawyer understands the initial reason for […]

In brief: Rowe & Maw

Rowe & Maw has appointed four new partners: Rachel Brown who handles partnership and insolvency law; Andrew Briggs in litigation and dispute resolution; and David Chadwick and Keith Lyon, who deal with insurance, at the Lloyd’s office. These follow the appointment of Anna Forge from Berwin Leighton and brings the total number of partners to […]

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Lovells wins tax battle for British Steel

Lovell White Durrant, acting on behalf of British Steel, has notched up a u40m victory against the tax man. After a protracted legal battle dating back to the early 1990s the Appeal Court has ruled that Customs & Excise must pay back to British Steel u25m taken in oil excise duty. The Lovells team thinks […]

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