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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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Halliwells partner goes to Linnells

Halliwell Landau is losing one of its property partners after refusing to promote him to equity level. Stanley Beckett is leaving the Manchester-based firm after nearly four years to join Linnells in Oxford as a fee earner in its six-strong property department. Stephen Goodman, head of commercial property at Halliwells, says: “He wanted to be […]

Don’t follow the rest all the way to Europe

It is such a great spectator sport to see those lemmings going over the white cliffs of Dover – the evangelical enthusiasm of UK law firms for European mergers, takeovers and greenfield sites. Certainly some form of representation in Europe’s key financial centres is necessary in some markets and for some clients – particularly in […]

Property

Ashurst Morris Crisp represented a consortium consisting of The Berkeley Group, Mansford Holdings, Chelsfield and Compco Holdings on its £59m acquisition of Chelsea Harbour from P&O Property Holdings. Ashursts corporate partner Michael Johns and property partner Guy Wheatcroft headed the team on the deal. Freshfields advised P&O.

It’s been a good week for…

Lawyers looking for stakes in dot coms. The Law Society has said that it does not want to introduce rules to stop firms and individual lawyers taking stakes in start-ups as fees despite potential problems over the duty of firms to give impartial advice. The comments came after news that Rosenblatt assistant Peter Crowther is […]

…as it acts for England cricket team

SJ Berwin & Co has advised on a revolutionary move aimed at improving the English cricket team. The introduction of a contracted squad – confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last week – represents a major change in the running of the game. The contracted players will from now on only be […]

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