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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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It's been a bad week for…

The Crown Prosecution Service, which this week was attacked for allowing people facing charges to go free because of errors. The CPS inspectorate found that in some cases the accused had to be released because lawyers had miscalculated how long they could be held, and that one in four charge sheets prepared by CPS lawyers […]

Fee incomes and profits slowdown sends warning signal to law firms

Despite firms recording bumper fee incomes, a report reveals worrying trends. Ryan Dunleavy reports. Ineffectual managment and clients demanding lower fees and better service are beginning to affect law firm profitability, according to a survey published by The Lawyer and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The underlying trend for law firms’ profits and fee income shows that increases have […]

Minicab group VAT case heads for Lords

Roger Pearson reports on a long-running wrangle over an Eastbourne association’s bid to be exempt from VAT payments. An Eastbourne car hire communications network is at the centre of a complex and long-running VAT test case that is now heading for the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given the Eastbourne Town Radio Cars […]

Skadden Arps poaches CC partner

Clifford Chance securities partner Rick Ely is joining the London office of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. A Clifford Chance spokesman says: “We can confirm that Rick will be leaving us in October and will join the London office of Skadden Arps later this year. “He was offered an extremely attractive proposition […]

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