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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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A woman who was refused Criminal Injury Compensation over injuries she claimed she received during a robbery at her home, is taking her case to the House of Lords. Miriam Avraam’s claim was dismissed by the CICB on the basis it was not satisfied she had suffered the assault. That dismissal was upheld by the […]

Unravelling code of genetic patents

In May, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Directive on the Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions – the so-called Biotech Directive. After years of vigorous debate, and the European Parliament’s rejection of the previous draft in 1995, the Council of Ministers adopted the directive on 16 June. It came into force on 30 […]

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West End firm Glovers advised developer Highpine on the signing of a master building agreement for the development of a £200m exhibition centre on 85-acre Docklands site. Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for the London Docklands Development Corporation. Country Heights Holdings, the Malaysian property developer, was represented by its in-house legal team.

SJ Berwin scores Palace double

SJ Berwin partner Nicola Kerr advised on the first ever transfer of Chinese football players to a UK side – Crystal Palace. She had to conduct intensive investigations to provide the UK labour authorities with the evidence to justify the proposed transfers of midfielder and captain of the Chinese national team Fan Zhiyi, and international […]

Are you sitting comfortably?

Linda Tsang looks at a selection of the UK’s legal offices to see how ergonomic thinking has influenced the workplace. No one is immune from backache or neckache, whether they be high-flying barristers, senior partners in multinational legal practices, outdoor clerks or secretaries and support staff. But despite the number of hours spent staring at […]

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