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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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Dorsey takes on Revenue for multinationals

Dorsey & Whitney is leading the multibillion-pound fight against the Inland Revenue in a series of group litigation orders challenging the UK’s tax rules. Simon Whitehead is heading the team at US firm Dorsey, the lead adviser on a number of the orders. The claimants include some of the world’s largest corporations and Dorsey’s clients […]

Former Allen & Overy associate bags lead role at Olswang

A senior associate from Allen & Overy has been propelled to the head of property finance at Olswang. New Olswang partner Eleni Skordaki will lead the group from November which will be housed within Olswang’s banking division. Skordaki’s appointment will allow the firm to advise clients across property, funds and banks.

Herbert Smith defends Johnston Group from hostile bid

Longstanding Herbert Smith client the Johnston Group Plc has fought off a hostile bid from the Ennstone Group in the nick of time. The mining group sealed a recommended takeover by white knight bidder Anglo-American Plc this afternoon (24 August), just 24 hours before Ennstone would have seized control. A Herbert Smith team led by […]

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