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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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In brief: Insolvency practitioners face conditional fees

Mr Justice Ferris’ working party into the remuneration of insolvency practitioners has called for the introduction of conditional fee-type agreements in insolvency work. The working party, which reported last Friday, suggests in some cases insolvency practitioners should only be paid if they get assets back. It also stresses the duty of insolvency practitioners to satisfy […]

SPG drums up funds to challenge SIF risk branding

The Solicitors’ Property Group (SPG) is appealing to the entire profession to help finance a judicial review of the Law Society’s new risk banding rules for contributions to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). Under risk banding, which is being introduced this year, firms specialising in conveyancing face massive hikes in their SIF contributions because of […]

Med neg work: the facts

Last week’s news brief, “Med neg work to be restricted to franchisees”, reported that from next January only personal injury franchisees would be able to do medical negligence work, until that pool was restricted further, about six months later, following the introduction of a medical negligence franchise category. The new medical negligence category will actually […]

Rowe & Maw fights to retain partners after two defect to CC

TWO leading Rowe & Maw corporate partners have defected to Clifford Chance and two more may follow – despite a concerted rearguard action by the firm to persuade them to stay. Highly rated corporate partner Paul Maher and Brussels-based competition partner Simon Baxter have already resigned from the partnership. Andrew Copley and Peter Dickinson are […]

McGrigor Donald first Scots to break £20m turnover barrier

McGrigor Donald is believed to be the first Scottish firm to break through the £20m barrier for annual turnover. Last week, for the first time in its history, the firm disclosed its annual turnover (to 30 April 1998) as £20.6m. The figure, which is a rise of 10 per cent on last year’s turnover of […]

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