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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 […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

Channel Islands funds quarterly legal and regulatory update: Q4 2018

Jersey Developments Value of regulated funds in Jersey hits record high Figures released by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) for Q3/2018 and reported by Jersey Finance, showed that the net asset value of regulated funds under administration in Jersey grew 14% year-on-year to stand at £301.7bn. Ogier’s commentary on this very encouraging news can […]

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ABTA legal director ousted over fraud allegations

The legal director of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Riccardo Nardi has been fired following allegations that he defrauded the organisation of more than £1m. Nardi, who is accused of swindling ABTA out of £1.2m over a period of nine years has been replaced by the organisation’s legal adviser Simon Bunce. ABTA is […]

McNeives hooks up with music specialists

McNeive Solicitors and the London-based partners of UK entertainment firm Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit have merged to create a new media, entertainment and technology firm called Smiths. The new three-partner firm features internet expert Liam McNeive and music specialists Andrew Lewis and Paul Jones. The three met when McNeive was negotiating a record deal […]

Law firms give thousands for Democratic presidential bid

US law firms are throwing their weight behind Democratic candidate John Kerry by contributing over a quarter of a million dollars to the presidential challenger’s campaign funds. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has emerged as the top contributor to Kerry’s campaign, giving $105,650. Of Kerry’s top ten fund-raiders, four are law firms including Piper […]

Publicis gains UK legal function with Harbottle hire

French advertising giant Publicis Group has launched a UK legal function with the appointment of Elizabeth Kiernan as its first UK legal head. Kiernan joined the company from Harbottle & Lewis, where she specialised in advertising and media work.As first reported in The Lawyer (17 November), Publicis has been looking to create a legal post […]

Hale and Dorr and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering close in on merger

Boston’s Hale and Dorr and Washington-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering are in merger talks. According to the Boston Globe the two firms could finalise the deal as early as next week. “There have been ongoing discusssions with Wilmer Cutler. But there has been no final decision,” Hale and Dorr’s managing partner William Lee told the […]

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