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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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David Wilson Homes threatens to cut panel as part of efficiency drive

Leicester-based David Wilson Homes, the homebuilding unit of Wilson Bowden, is considering plans to cut the number of firms it instructs following a benchmarking exercise. David Wilson Homes outsources around 70 per cent of site acquisition work and all plot sales. Most of that work has historically gone to 16 firms across the housebuilder’s 13 […]

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Hull-based Gosschalks acted alongside Clifford Chance on Nomura’s audacious £625m acquisition of a cluster of Bass pubs. Nomura’s principal finance group has purchased 988 Bass pubs after a hard-fought battle with Legal & General Ventures, making it the UK’s largest landlord. The number of properties involved is dwarfed by Nomura’s portfolio, now standing at 5,581 […]

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Barclays plans to cut law panel Barclays Bank planned to cut the number of firms it used in a review which included its core panel of firms, known as the Matrix. The 11-firm Matrix was believed to include Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields and Slaughter and May. The review was completed in July […]

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AstraZeneca signs a £1.2bn outsourcing deal with IBM to manage the chemical company’s global IT infrastructure covering 45 countries. AstraZeneca advised by Shaw Pittman (Andrew Moyle). IBM was advised in-house. Parent company of WebFusion Internet Solutions, Magic Moments Internet, acquires One 2 One Advertising & Telecommunications. The company is also placing £2.5m worth of new […]

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