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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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Protecting rights of design

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In brief: Anton Pillar rule-breaker to pay £2,500

Blackburn sole practitioner Bushra Anwar was ordered to pay a former client £2,500 compensation, plus costs last week after breaching the Anton Piller rules to recover a £3,500 debt. At Manchester High Court, Justice Michael Sachs said Anwar’s conduct was “very serious contempt”. He told Anwar: “No solicitor should behave like this. This was outrageous, […]

Bar Council to cross swords with Labour over reforms

Shadow Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg was expected to warn barristers not to expect favours from a Labour government at the Bar Council conference at the weekend. Labour, which holds its conference in Blackpool this week, has said it will refer the legal profession to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to investigate the Bar […]

Consultancies create transatlantic alliance

Two legal consultancies have formed an alliance to create the first transatlantic practice for law firms and in-house legal teams. London’s Hodgart Temporal and America’s Altman Weil Pensa Inc, which between them have offices in England and the US, and contacts in Australasia and Europe, are hoping the alliance will lead to an official merger […]

In brief: Manches & Co puts end to BCCI battle

The five-year legal battle by 2,000 former BCCI employees, mainly represented by Manches & Co, has ended after the firm secured $70m in return for fees estimated at just under £1m. The BCCI Campaign Committee will pay the legal costs of four firms it has employed since 1991 out of the settlement made by the […]

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