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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 […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

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John Butterfield QC defends reporter accused of paying whistleblower for information

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Pinsent Masons kicked off a contested managing partner election this morning, with three high-calibre heads of department up for the role. The firm announced three candidates; head of property Adrian Barlow, head of banking and restructuring John Cleland, and former McGrigors managing partner Richard Masters are the three contenders vying for the top spot. This […]

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Baking giant Hovis will seek to establish a formal panel of legal advisers next year, according to new general counsel Helen Selby. Selby expects to begin the tender process in the first quarter of the coming financial year. She has been using DWF and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co for commercial work since joining Hovis […]

Head of international group at Walker Morris joins judging line-up for The Lawyer awards

Malcolm Simpson, head of the international group at Walker Morris, is set to join the 25-strong line-up of judges for The Lawyer European Awards 2015. The judging panel includes a number of partners from UK top 50 firms and US powerhouses responsible for managing their firm’s relationships with independent European outfits, as well as European-focused general counsel from […]

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