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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 […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

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Travers’ high hopes

Could Travers Smith be the City’s healthiest law firm? Each time Tulkinghorn drops into Snow Hill he bumps into some übermensch about to embark on a Marathon des Sables or two. And now news reaches the decidedly exercise-free Tulkinghorn Towers that two associates, Sam Kay and Russ Lamb, are to climb Everest in March. Travers […]

Freshfields and Herbies reprise Warner-EMI battle

Warner Music’s renewed attack on EMI will reunite last year’s line-up of legal advisers, with Herbert Smith to square up to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Although no formal offer has yet been made, EMI, the third-biggest music group in the world, confirmed today that it had received an approach by Warner. Neither firm would comment other […]

Bingham boosts London revenues by a third

Bingham McCutchen has reported an increase in London revenues of just over 33 per cent having reaped in a turnover of $31.2m for 2006. The London office saw a $7.7m increase in gross revenue from last year’s turnover of $23.5m. However, this year, profit per equity partner (PEP) stands at $1.45m, down from last year’s […]

Dickinson Dees launches London base

Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees is preparing to launch its first office in London. The firm is understood to be finalising terms for a new office near Blackfriars, with management finalising the lease agreements for its new serviced premises. The new office, which is not initially expected to base lawyers in London full time, will focus on […]

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