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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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Solicitor tries to put brake on property-selling bandwagon

A LEADING conveyancing lawyer and former high-ranking Law Society council member has attacked the societys policy of encouraging solicitors to sell property. Paul Marsh, who chaired the societys property and commercial services committee for three years, says solicitors are wrongly being sold the message that property selling will be their financial saviour. The Law Society, […]

SIF management should be farmed out to private sector

THE management of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) should be farmed out to the private sector, argued Law Society treasurer Robert Sayer. Sayer has told The Lawyer that private firms specialising in running mutual funds should be invited to tender for the responsibility of managing SIF. There are around half a dozen specialist mutual fund […]

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The Middleton report benefits from the authors layman status, says John Malpas. LORD IRVINE succeeded in snubbing quite a few people at the Solicitors Annual Conference in Cardiff. Lord Mackay, his predecessor as Lord Chancellor, was one of them although the episode will probably have amused rather than angered Lord Irvines fellow Scot. The civil […]

In brief: Gateley Wareing appoints club director

Midlands firm Gateley Wareing has appointed Aston Villa Football Club finance director Mark Ansell as a consultant to the firm. Ansell, who will take a non-executive role, will join Birmingham quantity surveyor Frank Graves, who took up a similar job 18 months ago. Both men will assist staff and clients in dealing with cases, and […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy was born in Tramore, Ireland in 1943. He is head of the commercial litigation department at Edward Lewis. What was your first job? Throwing out drunks from an Irish pub then attempting to get them back in again when business got slack. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u4 10s/-, […]

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