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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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DLA Piper has advised the Bank of Moscow Group with regard to sale of its subsidiary bank in Ukraine, BM Bank, to Smart Holding. Lawyers from both the Kyiv and Moscow offices provided full legal support to the transaction and prepared the framework agreement and other documents. The transaction will be closed after obtaining the regulatory […]

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UK lawyers less wealthy than Bric counterparts

UK lawyers are lagging behind their counterparts in the developing world when pay is compared to average gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, according to new research. Senior lawyers from Brazil, Russia, India and China earn on average 23 times the average GDP per capita, compared to salaries of 5.4 times GDP per capita in […]

First charges by SFO under Bribery Act

By Ron Reid The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has brought proceedings against three individuals under the Bribery Act 2010. The first bribery charges brought by it, though not the first prosecutions commenced under the Act. There have been previous successful prosecutions by the police. The men are all connected to Sustainable AgroEnergy plc… If you […]

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Careers: Meet the Transformers

The lure of the law can kick in at any stage of life. We speak to four individuals who have made a radical switch to a legal career

The safety net: best-practice guide — Australia

The safety net consists of the 10 National Employment Standards (NESs) and modern awards and sets the minimum terms and conditions of employment for all employees in the federal system. Set out in this briefing is a snapshot of particular elements of each NES entitlement. An employer must comply with the NES in relation to […]

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