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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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Crest opens for business

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has given the go-ahead to solicitors to be full or sponsored members of Crest. Members of Asim who are preparing for the introduction of Crest’s electronic share settlement system in late 1996, recently approached the Law Society and – through it – the SIF to ask whether the SIF will […]

Law Soc urges NI murder probe

LEADING human rights lawyers have called for an immediate judicial inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast lawyer Patrick Finucane. In a report released last week, the Law Society’s international human rights working party urges the court to probe the cause of Finucane’s death and examine the possible role played by security forces. The report, […]

…and civil service

French civil servants last week met with UK judges in London to discuss working practices on a wide range of legal issues. The delegation, all members of the Conseil d’Etat, the body charged with judicial oversight of French government administration, covered issues including judicial review cases which raise constitutional issues, rights and public law status […]

Solihull team blazes trail of care scheme

Cyril Dixon reports THE IN-HOUSE team at Solihull Council and solicitors from Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson have hammered out terms on a pioneering privatisation venture. They conducted negotiations on a contract to provide day care and home support services for the council’s social services department. Martineau Johnson acted for service providers Family Care Trust in […]

Inquiry is only key to truth, says lawyer

THE FORMER partner of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane says a judicial inquiry is the only way to establish the truth over allegations of collusion by the Government and security forces in Finucane’s 1989 murder. Peter Madden is acting for Finucane’s widow, Geraldine, in a negligence action against the Ministry of Defence. The case is […]

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