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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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Narrowing down the issues

Marion Golding says that success lies in opposing expert witnesses identifying areas where they can and cannot agree. Marion Golding is a senior litigation solicitor at Lovell White Durrant. Lord Woolf’s proposals for expert witnesses, now endorsed by Sir Peter Middleton, have also been accepted by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine. It is only a […]

Paying the price for a lack of leadership

The Bar’s response to Lord Irvine’s attack on the civil legal aid scheme recommending the closer monitoring of costs in long-running criminal cases and the extension of graduated fees seems a sensible solution. However, observers are entitled to ask why these steps were not taken before now. Neither the Bar nor the Law Society have […]

ANZ seeks more cash for $15m Islamic fund

ANZ Investment Bank has extended the offer period on its specialised Islamic fund until the end of December to attract more private investors. Launched in May, the Guernsey-registered First ANZ International Modaraba fund (FAIM) is a specialised investment vehicle complying with Sharia investment laws. The minimum lump sum investment in the fund for private players […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 25/11/97

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s legal database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Plaintiff must prove causation to establish negligence claim Bolitho v City and Hackney Health Authority (1997) Court: HL (Lords Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn, Nolan, Hoffmann and Clyde) 13/11/9Summary: In cases of professional negligence the onus is on the plaintiff […]

Tentative steps to full liberalisation

Noises on liberalisation of legal services across the world are now beginning to sound more positive. Whilst the International Bar Association grapples with the issue, the Americans, Japanese and CCBE are also on the case. Now the Chinese are sending out signals that they too may be prepared to look at the issue again. This […]

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