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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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UN backs international court

KOFI Annan, the United Nations secretary general, has used the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 50th anniversary celebrations as a platform to pledge his personal support for the creation of an international criminal court. Delivering the keynote speech at the celebrations in New York last week, Annan said he was confident a diplomatic conference in Italy […]

Irvine: power, but no time to use it?

THE LORD Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg’s appointment to seven of Labour’s 19 cabinet committees is proof of just how key a figure he is in the new Labour administration. The interdepartmental cabinet committees are regarded by constitutional experts as the powerhouse of government – as opposed to the Cabinet which, many argue, merely rubber-stamps […]

Partners quit Dundas & Wilson

Dundas & Wilson – the leading Edinburgh firm currently in talks with Arthur Andersen – has lost three partners to rival firms and is considering hiving off its seven-partner private client practice. The 50-partner commercial firm revealed it was talking to Andersens last month, but insists there will be no announcement for four to six […]

Ruling fails to set address precedent

One of the first judgments to tackle a dispute over the registering of Internet domain names has failed to set a precedent, according to a lawyer involved in the case. In the High Court last month, the Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Scott refused to grant an injunction to prevent Pitman Publishing using the name “pitman.co.uk”. A […]

Appointment casts doubt on clerks' role

A LEADING family set of chambers, One Garden Court, is to appoint a new chambers chief executive, making it the latest of a growing number of sets to overhaul its administrative structures. Last week’s announcement has thrown into question the future role of the set’s experienced and highly-regarded senior clerk, Peter Hoskins. It will also […]

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