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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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Firms need 'proactive' approach to lobbying

EXPENSIVE, cautious and reactive are the criticisms levelled at law firms working in the public policy sector by a selection of the UK’s top companies. A report by the NOP for clifford Chance reveals that companies believe lawyers need to become “more proactive and politically aware” if they are to realise their full potential in […]

Much more to marketing

Delia Venables’ article on client databases (The Lawyer, 29 November) presents a very simplistic view of marketing and marketing systems. There is a lot more to marketing than simply selling more services to existing clients, however important that might be. It is not simply a question of sending out mail shots. Marketing is, amongst other […]

Management service meets resistance

FORMER head of legal Martyn McCarthy has set up his own consultancy following the outsourcing of the legal team at Blackhorse Financial Services. The aim is to offer quality and management advice to private practice firms as well as carrying out legal work for companies. But McCarthy says that there has been resistance from some […]

Ghost in the machine proves hard to handle

Gillian Bull says it is impossible to assign ownership to every type of data How virtual is your reality? Modern electronic trading institutions illustrate one of the problems of ‘going digital’. On the stock exchange, before the Big Bang, the jobber and the broker talked to one another, did the trade, and then each made […]

Law fails to crush cartels

YOU MIGHT be forgiven for thinking that the decision of the House of Lords two weeks ago in the second Ready Mixed Concrete Case (In re Supply of Mixed Concrete (No. 2)) heralded a startling development in competition law. Your thinking might have been influenced by the speech of Lord Templeman, who described the fines […]

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