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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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Bar vision

Earlier this week the incoming chair of the Bar Council Michael Todd QC delivered a wide ranging inaugural speech outlining his vision for the bar in 2012. It was outspoken, with the condemnation of the proposed legal aid spending cuts. It was bold, with plans in the offing to allow chambers to hold client monies. […]

Devonshires partner defeats professional negligence claim

The High Court has rejected a professional negligence claim against City firm Devonshires clearing it of any wrongdoing to a former client. In his judgment Mr Justice Owen said the claim pursued by Celia Farnon, a former client of the firm, was unfounded. Hong Kong-based Farnon alleged that the firm failed to advise her adequately […]

A&O’s Mansell instructed by News Group in Mulcaire fees fight

Allen & Overy partner Mark Mansell is to represent News Group Newspapers in its battle over legal fees with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. Mulcaire launched a case for breach of contract against the newspaper group, which formerly published the News of the World, after it refused to continue paying his legal fees for cases brought […]

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Focus: The litigation top 50 – Wars of the world

How are firms measuring up to the increasingly international nature of the litigation sector? Big-ticket litigation has never been more international and has never demanded more from the lawyers involved. Indeed, one of the key drivers behind the expansion of the world’s largest firms’ office networks in recent years has been the increasing need for ­litigation resources […]

Pillsbury names finance chief as New York managing partner

US firm Pillsbury has appointed Jonathan Whitney as New York managing partner, replacing David Crichlow. Currently firmwide leader of Pillsbury’s finance group, Whitney is noted for his skill in advising international banks and corporate equity firms in complex financings across the technology, telecom and transportation industries. Commenting on the new appointment, firm chair Jim Rishwain […]

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