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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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Are law firms recruiting for the short term?

In the week following The Lawyer’s graduate law fair, which was attended by 5,000 young hopefuls, Chris Fogarty asks if law firms have got their recruitment policies right yet Business is booming for large law firms, young lawyers are in demand and recruitment companies are riding a wave of healthy profits. So is everybody happy? […]

Solicitors 'do not threaten Bar's role'

Research by academics at Bristol University has shown that very few solicitors are taking up advocacy rights in civil courts and that they are not likely to do so in the future. A team from the University’s Department of Professional Legal Studies, commissioned by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education, conducted two-hour long […]

In brief: Conflict of interests?

Withers partner David Mills has rejected as “mischievous” Tory claims that his previous job as non-executive director at Benetton Formula created a potential conflict of interest for his wife, Health Minister Tessa Jowell, in the exemption of Formula One from the ban on tobacco advertising in British sport.

IBA Conference – India calls on foreigners to play on level playing field

The Indian Bar Association appears to have removed some obstacles to foreign lawyers setting up in its country – only to raise new ones. During the inaugural ceremony, Lalit Bhasin, honorary secretary-general of the Indian Bar Association, said international lawyers were welcome to come to India “so long as they practise on a level playing […]

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