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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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Simon Olswang, senior partner of leading IT firm Olswang, has announced he is stepping down as senior partner in a shake-up of the firm’s management. Mark Devereux becomes senior partner, Jonathan Goldstein fills the newly-created post of chief executive and Mark Akerman remains managing partner. Olswang, who becomes the first “chairman” of the firm, which […]

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Pump Court trio quit for rival

Three barristers have quit 1 Pump Court to go to Doughty Street Chambers. The departures include leading civil liberties and housing junior Robert Latham, who set up the chambers and was, effectively, its head. Latham and fellow housing specialists Tracey Bloom and Stephen Reeder start at 48-tenant Doughty Street on Monday this week. Bloom said: […]

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