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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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Developing action in Wales

Birmingham-based developer Agecrest is claiming that Gwynedd Council is misusing its powers to block development plans for Black Rock Sands, Morfa Bycham, near Port Madoc. When the case reaches the High Court Agecrest will accuse the council of deliberate, dishonest and wrongful use of its powers to delay and frustrate attempts by Agecrest and others […]

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THE SOLICITORS Family Law Association (SFLA) has discarded its press and parliamentary adviser, Fishburn Hedges. But the group has insisted that its decision not to renew its two-year contract with the agency and revert to handling its media and parliamentary relations internally is not a sign of dissatisfaction with Fishburn Hedges’ performance. SFLA chair Nigel […]

Medium-sized City partners accept need for MDPs

The majority of the senior partners of more than 20 medium-sized City law firms agreed that multidisciplinary partnerships were inevitable at a meeting to discuss Law Society policy with the society’s president Tony Girling. The meeting, which took place last week, was called by Beachcroft Stanleys senior partner and former cabinet minister David Hunt who […]

High street firms face an uphill battle

A Law Society snapshot of the opportunities and problems facing high street practices paints a bleak picture of the future. Compiled by its research and policy unit policy adviser John Jenkins, the chart on the right covers most areas of high street practice. “My general conclusion from this exercise was that existing trends suggest that […]

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