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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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Access for all is North East goal

Your North East feature last week missed an important section of the market – the growing number of small firms diversifying to ensure legal services remain available in local communities in the region. Smaller firms, such as mine in County Durham, are entering a brave new world. Our initiatives include the introduction of the successful […]

Sinclair Roche steers maritime deal

Recently-appointed Sinclair Roche & Temperley shipping finance partner Jonathan Ward led a four-partner team on a US $175m bond issue issued by Cenargo International, the international transport group. The firm acted as maritime counsel to Banc Boston Securities, the company arranging the issue. The deal comes after several similar issues by key players were shelved. […]

Flotation

Andrew Sharples of Rowe & Maw advised software manufacturer Autonomy Corporation on its IPO and admission to trading on EASDAQ. The IPO raised $59m for Autonomy.

In brief: Freshfields recruits Wilde Sapte partner

Pratap Amin, a corporate and banking lawyer, will be joining Freshfields in London as a partner next month, with a brief to develop the firm’s business in India. Amin was previously a partner at Wilde Sapte.

Adoption ruling gives hope to fathers

Roger Pearson reports on a recent Appeal decision which shows that a mother’s needs are no longer sacred in family cases. At a time when the wishes and views of fathers are carrying far more weight in cases involving children, a new court decision adds strength to father power. The September Court of Appeal decision […]

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