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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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Delhi reshuffle

Ashurst Morris Crisp has reshuffled its Delhi operation, with the appointment of Judith Sharrock as resident partner in its Delhi liaison office. Sharrock replaces senior assistant solicitor Andrew Studd, who has returned to join the India team in London, headed by Ian Scott and Geoffrey Picton-Turberville. Its senior India adviser, Ashok Mubayi, has also moved […]

In brief: Latest wave of partnership promotions

Norton Rose will make up seven new partners in the areas of corporate finance, asset finance and project finance on 1 May. Five will go to its London office, the other two to its Paris office. Nicholson Graham & Jones has expanded its company, litigation and property departments by appointing five new partners on 8 […]

Union challenges CPS use of consultants

The union representing senior civil servants has asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to provide all its staff with a copy of the Glidewell report, rather than using outside consultants to “put a spin” on it. In a sharply worded letter to CPS director of corporate services David Nooney this month, the First Division Association […]

In brief: Rowe & Maw appoints managing partner

Rowe & Maw’s head of litigation and dispute resolution group, Andrew Carruthers, takes over from Richard Powles as managing partner on 1 May. Powles, who was managing partners for six years, will now head the firm’s private client department. A spokesman from the firm said it had followed a “growing trend” among major law firms […]

NZ property lawyers follow Scottish lead

Solicitors in New Zealand will lose their hold on conveyancing work if a Bill to break down the barriers between conveyancing and estate agencies passes through parliament. To give solicitors an advantage in the ensuing struggle, Ian Haynes, president of the New Zealand Law Society, last week met with advocates of the Glasgow and Edinburgh […]

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