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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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SIF: still a runner – or dead in the water?

In the light of the CLLS’s recent condemnation of SIF, Shaun Pye wonders if the mutual fund stands a chance against the might of the City. In the bowels of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) HQ, staff can definitely hear the fat lady clearing her throat and preparing to sing. While last week’s call from […]

Lord Irvine stalls Bar's court ban on non-practising barristers

The Bar Council has been forced to suspend a controversial rule change barring non-practising barristers from acting as advocates after the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, said he should have been consulted. On 1 June the Bar Council changed rule 212 of its code of conduct to remove rights of audience from about 3,000 barristers not […]

It has been a bad week for:

Solicitors in the Government. Social security secretary Harriet Harman and trade minister Lord Clinton-Davis both got the boot in Tony Blair’s reshuffle, leaving Mike O’Brien as the sole solicitor representative in the Government. Anyone who wants to have a look around Lord Chancellor’s jazzed-up apartments. Apparently, so many people want to see them that the […]

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 […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Ekaterina Sorokina

Ekaterina Sorokina was born in 1969 in Moscow, USSR. She currently works in London for Mayer Brown & Platt as an attorney. What was your first job? My first two jobs (simultaneously) were as a legal assistant/secretary at Steptoe & Johnson in Moscow and an assistant professor at Moscow State University Law School. What was […]

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