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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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Insolvency practitioners are calling on the Government to introduce a moratorium on unsecured creditor action against insolvent companies, following a survey which showed that voluntary arrangements were more successful than ever last year at rescuing businesses. Allen & Overy partner Gordon Stewart is chair of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency, which conducted the survey. […]

Lawyers using information technology are giving away secrets, says offices report

Lawyers are in danger of letting secrets slip when using communal office equipment, according to a recent survey. The survey of 100 lawyers, carried out by office equipment suppliers Gestetner, revealed that lawyers used fax machines enthusiastically but not always to best effect. One lawyer faxed a confidential document to a newspaper, but another went […]

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Know-How and Information Provision in Legal Firms is reported to be the first study on the development of know-how systems in UK legal firms and its impact on the operation of in-house information services. Know-how, which is defined as a record of the combination of personal knowledge and related work experience of individuals, is increasingly […]

Scottish survey praises Scots but work still leaks to London

Scottish law firms are offering a high quality service in general corporate and commercial work, but are losing business to London in international and intellectual property law, according to a recent survey of legal clients. A survey of 401 industrial and commercial clients, commissioned by the Law Society of Scotland and Scottish Financial Enterprise, has […]

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