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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 […]

Jersey residential leases – More regulations on the way

By Katharine Marshall New minimum standards for rental accommodation are due to come into force at the start of October and comprise the latest in a series of laws and regulations affecting the Jersey residential tenancy market. In recent years, the States of Jersey has moved to modernise laws around tenancies introducing rules around the format […]

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Oldham Council gains fresh powers to evict bad tenants

A NEW tenancy agreement for all of Oldham City Council’s 20,600 tenants comes into force this week. The agreement, which is designed to give the council greater powers to evict tenants and promote neighbourly behaviour, took housing solicitor Naseem Malik 16 months to prepare. The 29-page document delineates unacceptable conduct and outlines what punishment will […]

Debating the immunity of counsel

Two recent High Court hearings show that advocates can no longer be certain of immunity from lawsuits, writes Roger Pearson. The accountability of counsel has been under the gaze of the courts recently. With a steady rise in the number of solicitor advocates, it is a situation which is likely to be significant to both […]

Dentons goes African

Denton Hall has launched a London-based sub-Saharan Africa group, which will be headed by litigation partner John Mills. Mills will be supported by banking and trade finance partner Geoffrey Wynne and corporate partner Philip Goodwin.

In brief: Phone-in reveals Millennium Bug concerns

A Millennium Bug phone-in, sponsored by The Lawyer, has revealed the legal concerns of businesses across the UK. The virtual conference phone-in showed companies worry about the meaning of “compliant” when signing contracts, fear lending institutions will withdraw loan facilities to companies unable to prove compliancy and wish to legally compel their suppliers to ensure […]

Slaughters and Linklaters scoop mega-merger fees

Linklaters corporate partner Stephen Boughton has scorned reports that the advisory fees for the world’s largest ever deal – the £43bn SmithKline-Glaxo merger – could be as high as £400m. “I can’t understand how they have got such a large figure,” he said. His comments follow a claim by Philip Healey, the editor of Acquisitions […]

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