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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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Veale Wasbrough duo switches to rival firm

Veale Wasbrough has been hit by the defection of two of its corporate partners to Bristol rivals Bevan Ashford. The departure of the highly rated Nigel Campbell and Stuart Whitfield is the second major blow for 22-partner Veale Wasbrough in the past six months. In March top employment lawyer Chris Southam left to join Hammond […]

Eversheds swallows Palmers to gain Cambridge practice

MERGER-hungry Eversheds is to take over Cambridge firm Palmer Wheeldon in November to realise its long-held ambition to open in the university city. When the merger goes ahead as planned, Eversheds will challenge Mills & Reeve’s position as the largest practice in East Anglia. After taking on Palmer Wheeldon’s 22 fee earners, Eversheds will have […]

Strategy is everything in the fight for survival

The legal marketplace may be enjoying one of its best years ever, but there are still many firms which are not enjoying the fruits of this boom. Last week, The Lawyer reported the demise of 19-partner West End firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman, which will split next month with its property department going to Lawrence Graham […]

Finers joins Lawrope as UK representative

West End firm Finers has replaced Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer as the UK member of Lawrope, a network of firms who refer work between themselves and do joint venture cross-border work. Finers joined Lawrope after Harris Rosenblatt severed its ties with the network following its merger with Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn earlier this year. […]

Eversheds scoops phone deal

Eversheds has been appointed to advise Kingston Upon Hull City Council on its controversial plans for a £500m flotation of Kingston Communications (Hull), the unique telecommunications service owned by the council. Kingston Communications is the only UK telecommunications service in public hands and can trace its roots back to the first days of the telephone. […]

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