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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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Standard contract to become available for syndicated loans

Magic circle law firms have drawn up the first-ever standard contract for syndicated loans to speed up negotiations in the billion-pound market. Clifford Chance, Slaughter and May, Allen & Overy, Freshfields and Linklaters worked together to draw up a standard form that will be recommended by the Loan Market Association to parties involved in syndicated […]

Herbert Smith and Simmons join deals elite

Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons have joined the top 10 firms working on M&A deals in the UK, pushing out Australian firms Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison, according to figures published by Thomson Financial Securities Data. For the third quarter (Q3) ending 30 September 1999, Herbert Smith ranks ninth – with nearly £8bn worth […]

Deloittes partner moves to Linklaters

Linklaters has appointed a new finance director from the ranks of Deloitte & Touche. Nick Heywood-Waddington was a partner at the accountancy firm for 12 years but has now joined Linklaters to see the firm’s financial arrangements through the merger procedures with the Alliance partners. After a total of 22 years with Deloitte & Touche, […]

Flexing a little muscle in Brussels

Following Herbert Smith’s appointment of former European Commission vice-president Sir Leon Brittan as a consultant, Sean Farrell investigates the work of lawyers in Brussels and how much of their role involves lobbying for their clients. Last week Herbert Smith announced that former vice-president of the European Commission Sir Leon Brittan is joining the firm as […]

Building the Republic in the public-private interest

The Irish government has announced plans to use public-private partnerships to fund a £13bn bonanza in infrastucture spending. Ryan Dunleavy reports on benefits for lawyers within the Republic and the UK. Two phrases are echoing around the corridors of Irish law firms – privatisation and public-private partnership (PPP). Work on them is set to take […]

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