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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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A marriage of convenience

The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of a familiar friend with the help of a once-disaffected partner: it could be lifted straight from the pages of Jane Austen — or at least Heat magazine. The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of […]

Fenwick & West guides Virgin’s US entry

Virgin America has appointed US firm Fenwick & West to advise on the $200m (£100.8m) financing exercises related to its launch in the US. Fenwick’s eight-member transactional team worked on the financing for the airline’s launch, which comprised two rounds of raising both debt and equity funding. Partners Gordon Davidson, David Bell and Blaken Stafford […]

Sitting targets

Another day, another environmental initiative. This time Beachcroft is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 5 per cent. A mere 5 per cent? Don’t chortle. Beachcroft already has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the legal market (see story). And the latest in another long line of IT press releases masquerading as green […]

Freshfields follows CC with US push

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has followed magic circle rival Clifford Chance in parachuting key lawyers into its New York office. Freshfields has recently sent two partners and three associates to New York. Dispute resolution partner Brian King has moved to Manhattan from Amsterdam, taking three associates with him, and corporate partner Julian Pritchard has moved from […]

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