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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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Herbert Smith tops PFI projects' league

The big five City firms have been pipped at the post by Herbert Smith when it comes to private finance initiative work, according to the first-ever PFI league table, produced by newsletter The PFI Report. The City firm has advised on 38 PFI projects with a value of more than £5 million, the largest number […]

Ombudsman to take no action over Howells case

THE Legal Services Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, has decided to take no further action over the complaint which led to the resignation of Michael Howells as Law Society treasurer. Howells resigned from the treasury post in July after the Solicitors Complaints Bureau issued him with a “severe rebuke” for professional misconduct and ordered him to pay […]

Wynne makes tracks for Denton Hall in January

Leading banking lawyer Geoffrey Wynne of Watson Farley & Williams, who left the firm last month, will be joining City firm Denton Hall in the new year. He will be a partner in its banking and financial group and will be in charge of initiatives to develop the practice. Wynne has been at Watsons since […]

Sayer turns private eye over Regis

“Robert Sayer has missed his vocation,” muttered someone during a coffee break at last week’s Law Society Council meeting. “He should have been a private detective.” Sayer’s unofficial report into Regis to council members quotes from private e-mail memos between staff at Chancery Lane as their alarm about the problems with the computer system grew. […]

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