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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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Flotations

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Insolvencies on the wane

Insolvencies are running at much lower levels compared with the bleak days of recession in the early 1990s – but for small businesses there is little cause for celebration. Analysts point out that though fewer big companies are going to the wall, smaller groups are still failing in large numbers. Michael Steiner, insolvency partner at […]

Projects

Herbert Smith advised the Norfolk & Norwich Health Care NHS Trust on its signing of a £193m PFI project to build a hospital for Norwich, the first health sector PFI project. Contractor Octagon Healthcare was advised by DJ Freeman.

Dirty laundry in public

The House of Lords has given leave for an appeal in the case of Cockburn v Chief Adjudication Officer against refusal of an allowance in respect of laundry created by an incontinent woman. The appeal will question a Court of Appeal ruling from 26 June 1996.

Surprise LCD move to cut Green Form

Legal aid practitioners are claiming thousands of people could be deprived of legal advice if the Government goes ahead with new proposals to remove criminal advice from the Green Form scheme. The Lord Chancellor’s Department has written to the Law Society asking for its comments on the proposed change, which has taken practitioners by surprise. […]

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