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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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Tribunals shake-up creates two-tier system

The Tribunals Service has undergone a radical shake-up today with the launch of a two-tier system. The new structure will see most of the current tribunal jurisdictions transferred into either the First-Tier or Upper Tribunal. Justice minister Bridget Prentice said the overhaul, which implements a key part of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, […]

A&O, Addleshaws act on fourth building society merger

A&O and Addleshaws have squared up on a fourth building society deal, A&O advising Skipton on its takeover of Addleshaws client Scarborough. Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have faced each other on a fourth building society deal, with the former advising Skipton Building Society’s on its takeover of Addleshaws client Scarborough Building Society. […]

SJ Berwin settles on three US best friends

SJ Berwin has compiled a definitive list of US best friends after several years of planning, choosing to focus on its relationships with three firms. The firms on the roster are New York’s Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Silicon Valley’s Cooley Godward Kronish and Boston-headquartered Goodwin Procter. An SJ Berwin source said: “We looked […]

Gay and free?

During the downturn associates have some tough choices to make. To sit tight or move to an office in a busier jurisdiction? Which is an even tougher choice to make when you’re gay. During the downturn associates have some tough choices to make. Whether to invest in retraining or focus on core specialisms? How to […]

Iceland banking saga hands A&O, 2Birds roles on Kaupthing UK sale

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Bird & Bird are the latest firms to win instructions resulting from Iceland’s banking crisis, acting on the sale of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander’s (KSF) UK investment management business. KSF, the UK arm of Icelandic bank Kaupthing, has been put into administration by ­regulators in the UK. The bank turned […]

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