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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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Short’s Gunner be working late

There’s dedication to the cause, and then there’s Stephen Short. Simpson Thacher’s London acquisition finance geezer recently spent 14 days thinking about one thing, and one thing only – Arsenal’s Champion’s League return game against Real Madrid. Short travelled to the Bernabeu for the first leg, witnessing Thierry Henry’s superb individual strike first hand. Tulkinghorn […]

Report demands more diversity in the judiciary

The Commission for Judicial Appointments (CJA) has warned that there is still much work to be done before true diversity in the judiciary can be achieved. The CJA released its fifth and final annual report this week. In it the commission praised work that has been done to improve the judicial appointments’ process, including the […]

Hutchison 3G wins IP dispute with O2

Lewis Silkin has won a High Court victory on behalf of Hutchison 3G over the use of bubbles to advertise mobile phone networks. Partner Giles Crown acted for the company, which runs the 3 network, in its dispute with rival O2. O2 claimed that Hutchison’s use of bubble imagery in a television advertisement infringed its […]

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As Merck fights the case for its controversial rheumatoid arthritis drug Vioxx on both sides of the Atlantic, and with consumers becoming increasingly conscious of risks posed by unsafe food and other goods, The Lawyer turns the spotlight on product liability. This Product Liability Special Report examines the need for a unified framework for bringing […]

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