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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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White & Case hires boost capital markets team

White & Case has made a triple hire for its London banking and capital markets group, raiding Allen & Overy (A&O), Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Clare Calver, until now an associate at A&O, joins the firm’s partnership while former EBRD counsel Massimo Galli and former Cadwalader […]

From tobacco to wackos

Lovells’ gentle smokers have lived in relative luxury ever since the firm moved into its Atlantic House headquarters back in 2000. For in the prohibitive 21st century, when all smokers are seen as pariahs, puffers at the firm have been allowed to enjoy their guilty pleasure in a specially designated smoking room. However, with the […]

McDermott raid sparks change at Lovells Italy

Lovells has seen a number of changes in its Italian presence following the departure of two lawyers to McDermott Will & Emery. McDermott, which split from Italian firm Carnelutti last year, will launch a competition capability in the peninsula with the addition of Veronica Pinotti. Although Pinotti was a senior associate at Lovells, she had […]

Trio faces tribunal fight with ex-employee

Dickinson Dees, Hammonds and Pinsent Masons are facing an employment tribunal claim from a lawyer formerly at all three firms. Rachel Clarke alleges that she was victimised when an associate in the pensions team at Hammonds, the first of the three firms, after supporting a colleague Michael Caesar, who is now her partner, in an […]

Channel 4 Diana saga was a privacy non-starter

Nearly 10 years after the death of the Princess of Wales, the media fascination with her continues. But an indication that most of what can be said about her death has been said already is the fact that the much-hyped Channel 4 programme Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel, when shown last month, passed off […]

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