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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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Berwin Leighton elects new managing partner

Berwin Leighton has elected Neville Eisenberg as its new managing partner. Eisenberg, who is 37, begins his three-year term this month. He replaces Bob Jones, who is returning to fee earning in the corporate department after a single term in the job. The election, which took place on Monday, was contested but Jones did not […]

Making up is hard to do

Beauty parades have become a fact of life for all firms of a significant size and standing. While the term may be used ironically to describe the hoops that lawyers have to jump through to convince prospective clients that their legal expertise is the best on the market, in an increasingly visual society, it is […]

Dibbs plans to add firms to D&P union

Dibb Lupton Alsop has revealed plans to add firms from Italy, The Netherlands and Madrid to its existing alliance partners within the next six months. Nigel Knowles, Dibbs’ managing partner, announced the firm’s ambitions at the IBA conference. Knowles also used the conference to reveal the name of its alliance with French, Spanish and Belgian […]

Zurich in-house demands firms commit to pro bono

Zurich Financial Services’ in-house legal team says it will demand that any firms it instructs in the future must show a commitment to pro bono work. Zurich Financial Services’ 19-strong Swindon-based legal team has become only the second in-house team to join the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG). William Flynn, head of the litigation team […]

Bird & Bird poaches French IT team

Bird & Bird has poached top telecommunications and IT partner, Frederique Dupuis-Toubol and 10-strong team of associates from French firm, Jeantet & Associes to set up a new Paris office. Dupuis-Toubol will join Bird & Bird at the end of this year and will be based in the firm’s new premises in Paris. She and […]

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