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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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Kennedys takes eight from DLA’s Brum office

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Small is beautiful for Freshfields, but it isn’t enough to crack the US

The list of Freshfields’ referral firms makes for fascinating reading, says Julia Berris. Freshfields ;Bruckhaus Deringer’s New York presence is significantly smaller than those of its magic circle counterparts ­Clifford Chance and Linklaters. With just 73 lawyers the firm’s office is virtually dwarfed by ­Clifford Chance’s lawyer count of 370 and Linklaters’ 160. Small is […]

Lovells checks in for Deloitte to aid on buy-to-let hotel group wind-up

Lovells has been drafted in by liquidator Deloitte to advise on the administration of buy-to-let hotel group GuestInvest. The company, which allowed private individuals or businesses to buy a ­luxury hotel room and earn money from the rental income, went into administration at the start of the month. The Lovells team, which is advising Deloitte […]

Fladgate

West End firm Fladgate showed its confidence for the future with the decision this year to into a new office for the first time in its 248-year history. It will take on an extra 10,000ft of space in Great Queen Street. With steady, if unspectacular, financial results for 2007/08, the firm has every reason to […]

BLG taps Allen & Overy for first COO

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired Allen & Overy global head of knowledge management David Jabbari to become its first chief operating officer. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) global head of knowledge management David Jabbari to become its first chief operating officer. Jabbari, who will join BLG in […]

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