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SmartLaw 2.0 – The new future of law

By Brett Chalmers A few years ago, George Beaton published an influential e-book, NewLaw New Rules: A Conversation About the Future of the Legal Services Industry, that pulled together comments and responses he received from numerous legal thought leaders and experts about his NewLaw-focused blog post. The publication compared BigLaw, the traditional partnership-and-hourly-rates model, with NewLaw, an […]

Supreme Court supports disqualification under IBC, but protects interest of homebuyers

By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

Austria – Commercial agent’s trial for trial period compensation

By Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Earlier this year, the ECJ ruled that commercial agents are generally entitled to compensation, even if the distribution agreement was terminated during a trial period. The ECJ’s decision (C-645/16) was preceded by the French Cour de Cassation’s request for a preliminary ruling on whether Art. 17 of Directive 86/653/EEC applies if the commercial […]

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Washington becomes firms’ destination of choice

Elite UK firms receive cold shoulder in New York, but Washington DC is on the rise New York is a difficult beast to break. While US firms can often cherry-pick from the magic circle over in London. Partner moves over the past 12 months have included Clifford Chance structured finance partners Neil Hamilton and Matthew […]

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The moral maze

Leading lawyers outline the challenges faced in managing and controlling risk in the wake of globalisation and ever more intrusive regulation There are two types of approach to risk management. The first involves a complete lockdown, with lawyers and compliance staff barking at business executives: “The answer’s no. Now, what’s the question?” Not surprisingly, a […]

Amended Red Flags Rule now in effect — are you still a creditor?

The FTC’s amended definition of ‘creditor’ within the Red Flags Rule is now in effect. The definition is narrower in scope, but under it a franchisor may still qualify as a ‘creditor’. For instance, if you use a third-party servicer to obtain credit information on your behalf, or if you finance franchisee purchases of required […]

Designers: is your name your own in China?

It was interesting to read in the Financial Times Material World blog about fashion designer Phillip Lim dealing with the problem of someone in China having already registered his name as a trade mark. His solution was to invent a new brand, thus side-stepping the issue. Shoosmiths’ intellectual property specialists have been involved in this […]

Managing your social media accounts

Imagine a situation where you have a small business that is planning a major event at a sports venue and needs to utilise a variety of social media channels to publicise the event and garner support for it. Such a business may engage a third party to assist it in managing its social media presence […]

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