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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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Why Clydes is bonny in the US

Clydes is succeeding where many a magic circle firm has failed, but will its strategy outlive the downturn? asks Julia Berris Peter Hasson International expansion has been at the heart of Clyde & Co’s strategy for years. During the 2007-08 financial year the insurance-focused firm stepped up a gear, borrowing almost £40m to help fund […]

Hammonds invites office heads to join the board

Hammonds has overhauled its management structure to give more power to office heads. Robert Weekes The heads of the national firm’s offices in Leeds, ­London, Manchester and Birmingham now sit on its operations board. They join managing partner Peter Crossley and Hammonds’ international department heads. The board deals with the day-to-day running of the firm […]

Brabners wins employment role for BCC

North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has won a role ­advising the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on ­employment matters. The mandate comes on the back of the firm’s relationships with other business networks, including The Employment Agents Movement and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. The BCC instruction will be led by employment partners Paul […]

Power shift

The Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme will spark a host of contract disputes as landlords and tenants fight to move the onus onto each other. By Joe Payne The UK Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme is designed to encourage participating organisations to lower their carbon footprints. Because many ­participating organisations will seek to do so by reducing energy consumption […]

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