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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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Apple Computer beats Beatles’ Apple

Apple Computer has won its High Court trade mark battle against The Beatles’ record label Apple Corps. Mr Justice Mann ruled that Apple Computer did not breach a 15 year old agreement with the record company because it uses the Apple trade mark in association with the online store and not the music it sells. […]

Law Soc free to pursue accountants after Lords victory

The Law Society has won a House of Lords victory which allows it to pursue its fight against an accountancy firm accused of negligence. Yesterday morning (10 May) the Lords ruled that the society is able to bring its case against Sephton & Co despite having filed the claim 14 years after the actions under […]

Controlling Interests

If private practice is not for you and policing the City and public interest issues are more your thing, life as a regulator could be the answer. Embarking on a legal career that involves climbing the greasy pole to partnership at a big City firm does not appeal to every law graduate. In fact, many […]

Hill Taylor snares partner from rival Holmans

Hill Taylor Dickinson has swooped on rival shipping firm Holman Fenwick & Willan with the hire of Piraeus-based partner David Pitlarge. The appointment sees Hill Taylor fight back after a number of recent losses to Holmans, including most recently the departure of commodities partner Brian Perrott in January this year. Pitlarge will spend six months […]

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