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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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QC urges Bar to drop complaints system

REBEL silk Ronald Thwaites will call on the Bar Council to abandon its proposed new complaints system and to stop further attacks on the Bar from “sniping” critics. In a paper the council has agreed to circulate this week, he opposes plans for compensating “distressed” clients or lay involvement in the system. The paper sets […]

In brief: University of Sheffield

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Somerset hunt bill slashed by £80,000

THE LEGAL bill for the battle between the Quantock Staghounds and Somerset County Council has been slashed by £80,000 by a High Court taxing master. Among the expenses disallowed from the bill submitted by the successful hunt team, was the cost incurred by sending counsel Michael Beloff QC on an outing intended to familiarise him […]

Call for reinforcements

A company trying to sell a product with a naff brand name learns to change it pretty quickly. And so it was that at this year’s AGM in April, the Locum Solicitors Group became the Freelance Solicitors Group. Derek Wilkes, group chair, says: “There is a prejudice against the word ‘locum’. It implies the person […]

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