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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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Irish barrister hauled up before Tribunal for setting up Web site

Irish barrister Kieron Wood has been hauled before a Bar Council disciplinary tribunal for setting up a Web site on the Internet. Wood, a former journalist who has been a barrister in Ireland since 1995, set up the site at the beginning of the year, despite a request from the Bar not to. It is […]

Hoon urges direct Bar-client deals

Barristers should be able to directly negotiate with clients when hammering out conditional fee deals, according to government minister Geoff Hoon. The Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, said it made sense for barristers to become closely involved in negotiating the uplift for a conditional fee. Any direct negotiation over the uplift – the […]

Upstairs, downstairs

Things are even worse than Nigel Savage thinks (The Lawyer 14 October; and Helen Cannings, The Lawyer 23 September). Some law schools in the new universities are recruiting Oxbridge graduates as LPC students, lecturers and at professorial level. Professor Peter Kunzlik, MA, LLM (Cantab), Head of Centre for Legal Research, Nottingham Trent University

IBA acts to stamp out prejudice

Lawyers worldwide are to be called upon to act as “role models and agents for change” under the first ever IBA guidelines designed to stamp out discrimination in the profession. But the guidelines, drawn up by the organisation’s Discrimination and Gender Equality Committee, stop short of compelling member Bar associations to comply. They will require […]

Pro Bono Watch

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 read with interest the viewpoint page concerning the launch of the Pro Bono Watch campaign by The Lawyer. Pro bono work forms a very important part of a lawyer’s role in the community […]

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