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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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LAB up against time over contracting scheme

Elizabeth Davidson questions whether an effective set of reforms can be developed by the LAB within the Lord Chancellor’s tight deadline. ONLY legal aid practitioners who have spent the past five years with their heads buried firmly in the sand will be surprised by the imminent arrival of exclusive legal aid contracts. When the Lord […]

Finers works on strategy and image

West End firm Finers has elected a new managing partner and hired a new marketing director to up its PR profile. The 30-partner West End practice, which was formed nine years ago from the merger of Gershon Young Finer & Green with Stein Swede Jay & Bibring, expanded from 16 to 29 partners in its […]

A profession shamed

The debate over the fees charged by Mishcon De Reya has undoubtedly not helped the image of the profession, at a time when Lord Irvine is looking for every excuse to highlight fat cat lawyers. However, I simply cannot understand why the profession did not see the opportunity to volunteer its pro bono services at […]

Newcastle firms applaud Court of Appeal visit

Lawyers in the North East have applauded the idea for this week’s visit of the Lord Chief Justice and the Court of Appeal to Newcastle. And they say they would like to see a regional Court of Appeal made a permanent fixture. The Appeal Court’s criminal division is sitting for the first time ever in […]

In brief: Miners group wins lung disease case

Hugh James, of Cardiff, and Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell are celebrating last Friday’s test case victory of a group of miners who blamed British Coal for their lung diseases. Mr Justice Turner described the cases as ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and thousands more miners are now expected to bring claims.

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