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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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In brief: Richards Butler poaches finance partner

Richards Butler has poached corporate finance and insolvency partner Adrian Harris from Davies Arnold Cooper. Richards Butler chief executive Chris Schulten said his firm saw the “dual nature” of Harris’ expertise in corporate finance and insolvency as attractive, “particularly in view of the number of non-formal insolvency workouts which the firm is handling”. He added: […]

LCD throws rights of audience into doubt

Local government solicitors were plunged into confusion after the long-awaited decision on rights of audience for employed solicitors appeared to throw into doubt their existing rights to appear as advocates in child care proceedings. The press release issued by the Lord Chancellor’s Department announcing the decision to partially lift the restriction on higher court audience […]

Corporate partner quits Addleshaws for Turners

Leading corporate partner Glenda Turner has left newly merged Manchester and Leeds firm Addleshaw Booth & Co to join Manchester firm Turner Parkinson as the fifth partner. She said: “The timing was right. Addleshaws was growing very big, which means no matter how hard the firm tries, people do not always feel informed about what […]

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In brief: Baker & McKenzie appoints marketeer

Baker & McKenzie’s London office has appointed its first dedicated marketing person. Corinna Christophorou, formerly marketing director of Fladgate Fielder, becomes director of business development at B&M. The US multinational firm previously employed Anne-Marie Stebbings, now at Simmons & Simmons, who carried out marketing along with other duties.

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