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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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Martin Chitty and Nick Hurley warn against the sacking of soccer hooligans. Martin Chitty is an employment partner in the human resources group of Wragge & Co. For a former member of 11 King’s Bench Walk – one of the UK’s best-known employment sets – the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has displayed a sad lack […]

In brief: Linklaters partner count reaches 212

Linklaters has made up 25 new partners, bringing its total to 212. They include three new recruits who were partners in rival firms. Insolvency partner Tony Bugg was poached from Dibb Lupton Alsop last October, where he headed the insolvency practice; securities specialist Richard Hughes was recruited from Herbert Smith; and Piphob Veraphong, made a […]

Raincock loses second underwriter

Legal Expenses insurance company Litigation Protection, headed up by high profile insurer Brian Raincock, has parted company with the underwriters of its before-the-event intellectual property policy. Templeton Insurance, sole underwriters for the policy which had an expanding annual turnover of around £200,000, withdrew its support from Raincock’s company last week. Raincock admitted that Templetons had […]

Andersens chose Wilde Sapte over rival Simmons' bid

Simmons & Simmons’ failure to link with Arthur Andersen was the result of losing a beauty contest with Wilde Sapte, it has emerged. It had been thought that Simmons had decided not to be taken over by Arthur Andersen. However, The Lawyer has learnt that Andersens had been conducting talks in parallel with both Wilde […]

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