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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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Partners on the move…

DJ Freeman has brought the total number of new partners appointed in the firm within the past six months to eight. Three new partners, take up their posts on 1 May. They are Jonathan Barnes (commercial property), Tim O’Hara (non-contentious construction) and Marina Palomba (contentious commercial litigation and jurisdictional disputes). George Bull, a specialist in […]

Judges get tough on unprepared lawyers

Senior members of the judiciary are warning they will not be lenient with lawyers who are unprepared for the Woolf reforms. This contradicts statements made by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, that if lawyers do not “get it absolutely right straight off the courts are not going to descend upon them”. At the same time […]

Law Soc says no to newly-qualifieds

Newly-qualified solicitors have again been denied a seat on the Law Society council after council members ignored the recommendation of its own committee. The Council Membership Committee’s call for one of the two local government seats to be scrapped in favour of a newly qualified lawyer was narrowly defeated by two votes. After the chairman […]

Stephenson Harwood poaches top lawyers

Stephenson Harwood has poached a top silk from a leading chambers and a shipping litigation partner from Wilde Sapte. Leading insolvency barrister John Higham QC, who focuses on banking and finance work, will be joining from the chambers of Michael Crystal QC at 3/4 South Square. Wilde Sapte shipping litigation partner Duncan Mc- Donald is […]

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