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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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Simmons chief job in doubt

Simmons & Simmons has brought forward the next election for its chief executive, amid growing speculation about the future of current post-holder, Alan Morris. Morris told The Lawyer that the firm had decided to go back to holding the election for the three-year post at the end of the financial year in April, rather than […]

Marketing versus selling

With reference to Graham Irwin’s article ‘ Market your firm for the future’ (The Lawyer, 2 December 1997), I would like as a marketing consultant specialising in the marketing of legal practices to make three comments: 1 ‘Many solicitors are still coming to terms with the idea of marketing their services…’ Firms of all sizes […]

Rowe & Maw lawyers spurn CC and elect to stay put

Rowe & Maw has won its battle for the hearts and minds of three corporate partners who were on the point of joining Clifford Chance. Last month, The Lawyer revealed that highly rated partners Paul Maher and Simon Baxter had resigned from the firm. Two other partners – Andrew Copley and Peter Dickinson – were […]

In brief: Solicitor struck off for stealing £500,000

A crooked solicitor who committed “the worst kind of systematic abuse of clients” by stealing nearly #500,000 of their money has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. For five years Richard Martin, of Webster Butcher & Johnson of Balham in London, transferred huge amounts of client cash to office accounts. The Solicitors Compensation […]

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