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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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Clive Alcock on special hours certificates for public houses. Clive Alcock is legal adviser for Staffordshire Police.

Two recent decisions have rejected the contentions made by licensee Steven Shipley of the higher courts’ interpretation of provisions in s77 of the Licensing Act 1964 concerning Special Hours Certificates (SHC). At the request of the police, Cannock Licensing Justices applied Chief Constable of West Midlands v Aubrey Marsden to Shipley’s application for an SHC […]

Transformation is the only option….

The recent survey by BDO Stoy Hayward into property selling by solicitors makes interesting reading. It tells us two important things: First, that if you are a conveyancer the ‘do nothing’ option should be avoided. Conveyancing as a stand-alone discipline is unlikely to thrive in the new millennium. Secondly and I believe more importantly it […]

Insurers line up to replace SIF

THE insurance industry is ready and willing to insure law firms on the open market, according to a report undertaken on behalf of the November Group of City firms which is fighting for the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The report, by Trevor Moss of insurance brokers Nelson Hurst & Marsh, which specialises […]

In brief: Exodus of three from Fladgate Fielder

Fladgate Fielder is set to lose three senior members from its institutional property team to Charles Russell, following disagreements over strategy. All three, Lynn Povey, Ian Fisher and Juliusz Wodzianski, are partners. No date has yet been set for their departure.

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Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. I note with some interest and amusement the Inquiry featuring Stephen Dooley (The Lawyer, 13 January). He was asked ‘which law could you live without?’, his reply being ‘Newton’s Second I never managed to […]

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