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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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Dibbs beats Addleshaws in gross income survey…

DIBB Lupton Alsop has topped a survey of the highest grossing firms in Manchester. Dibbs, which was second last year, displaces last year’s top firm Addleshaw Booth & Co, which is refusing to reveal its Manchester figures for the first time in three years. Dibbs is now in first place with an 18.5 per cent […]

…while Wilde Sapte loses two

The london offices of US firms have poached two key partners from Wilde Sapte’s London and Brussels office. Crowell & Moring has hired the managing partner of Wilde Sapte’s Brussels office, James Ashe-Taylor. He is joining the London office as a competition partner. Peter Teare, partner in the London office of Crowell & Moring, says: […]

Health move for Browne Jacobson

Beachcroft Stanleys’ former head of health litigation, Gay Wilder, is joining Browne Jacobson to set up a health practice at the firm’s London office. Wilder’s appointment coincides with the opening last week of Browne Jacobson’s Birmingham office, first revealed in The Lawyer (12 April). The office will concentrate on health and insurance law. Carole Ayre, […]

Linklaters takes lead in South Africa

Linklaters is claiming to be the leading international law firm in South Africa after sealing its fourth big demutualisation deal there this year. Linklaters has completed work advising underwriters on the u4.1bn demutualisation and listing of South Africa’s largest life assurer Old Mutual. It will list on the London Stock Exchange on 12 July. Linklaters […]

Scuffle of the week

Home Secretary Jack Straw is getting flack from virtually everyone over his plan to axe the right of defendants whose case could be heard in either the magistrates’ or Crown Court to choose a jury trial. Straw has done a U-turn since his days in opposition when he said that such a reform would be […]

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