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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 […]

Portugal: An introduction to Energy & Natural Resources

By Rui Amendoeira, Miguel Soares Branco In 2016, Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone. Recent investments in renewable energies mean that currently Portugal runs approximately 60 per cent on renewable energy all year round. Without relevant oil and gas developments, this European country represents the modern approach to the energy sector with […]

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Clifford Chance and A&O take lead on £8.4bn Middle East property deal

Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy (A&O) have advised on a state-backed merger between property companies Sorouh and Aldar One, to create Abu Dhabi’s largest real estate developer. The move is intended to stabilise the real estate market in Abu Dhabi, which is yet to fully recover from the economic downturn. Aldar One has been […]

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Judgment call: 1 July 2013, in association with Westlaw UK, a Thomson Reuters’ product

Planning and environment (1) Borough of Telford and Wrekin (2) St Modwen Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Interested parties: 1. Ravenhill Limited 2. David John Tringham (trading As Audley Avenue Business Parks); 2013 WL 2628680. QBD (Admin) Turner J. 14 June 2013 Under the national planning policy framework, preference was […]

Recovering the cost of business time spent on litigation

If your business has been disrupted by a problem that later leads to litigation, you may be able to recover the cost of time spent by management and staff in remedying the problem. Current guidance from the courts has provided support to businesses seeking to recover wasted management costs caused by another party’s tort or […]

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IP crime unit launched by City of London police

A new police unit to tackle IP crime and online piracy will be launched in September by the Intellectual Property Office. The office will give £2.5m in funding over two years to the City of London Police, the national lead force for fraud, to allow it to establish and run the unit aid and enforce […]

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Opinion: Helping to protect our soldiers

As the Snatch Land Rover case ends, recognition of soldiers’ legal status abroad is welcome, if overdue The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence [2013], aka the Snatch Land Rover claims, defines the extent and nature of the Government’s obligations to protect armed service personnel on active service abroad. […]

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