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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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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 […]

Book of the week

Controlled drugs – a handbook for the legal profession, by the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence. Everything you wanted to know about drugs but were afraid to ask. For instance, did you know that Crack Cocaine is also known as “rock”, “base”, or “wash” and hails from the eastern slopes of the Andes. […]

In brief: Brighton walks off with first Lexcel award

The Law Society has awarded its first ever Lexcel quality mark to Brighton & Hove Council’s legal team (pictured above (l-r) Claer Lloyd Jones, Charlotte Snazell,John Heys, Bob Bruce and Alex Bailey). The award – which recognises adherence to the society’s practice management standards – was made after a two-day inspection.

SPBG supports ethics woman

Marlene Winfield of the National Consumer Council makes an important point in recognising the need for an ethical element to legal education (The Lawyer, 28 July). She also rightly acknowledges the business and professional reasons for recognising the balance between law as a business and as a profession. The Solicitors Pro Bono Group has always […]

Dutch to relax MDP rules

The Dutch Bar is close to an agreement with accountancy firm Ernst & Young that could lead to multidisciplinary practices in the country. The Bar is understood to be willing to allow the firm’s tax lawyers to profit share with its allied Dutch law firms – Banning Van Kemenade & Holland and Van Benthem & […]

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