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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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UK network wins battle over LawNet name

Regional law firm network LawNet has just won a trademark battle against a US legal organisation of the same name. The battle started when the US Lawnet sponsored seminars at a conference in Birmingham, which UK Lawnet members attended believing it was their event. LawNet UK Operations Director Adrian Dion said the matter was resolved […]

Foreigners set for piece of Norway’s law firms

A Government-appointed committee has taken the first crucial step towards opening ownership of Norway’s law firms to foreigners. The move would pave the way for DLA to step up its merger plans with pan-Nordic ally Lindh Stabell Horten, and would allow other firms with a strong interest in the oil industry to establish closer links. […]

Bahl proceeds with new attack on Law Soc

Kamlesh Bahl (left) has launched another discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal against the Law Society. Bahl, former vice-president of the society and now a member of its ruling council, won her first discrimination claim against the society in the Employment Tribunal in July 2001. Although Bahl is a member of the Law Society Council, […]

Singapore FTA gives little away

The Singapore-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed last week has disappointed US law firms by making little concession towards opening up the legal market to US competitors. A letter from Singapore’s minister for trade and industry to the US ambassador in the region Robert Zoellick confirmed that Singapore will admit to the local bar US-qualified […]

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