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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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Hungary: autoboost

The government’s appetite for legislation is proving a headache for lawyers but a new civil code and an accelerating automotive industry are a great pick-me-up Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán has plenty of critics ready to slam his approach to freedom of speech and the rule of law generally, but he and his right-of-centre government […]

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DMH’s Aspinall steps down after two decades in charge

DMH Stallard managing partner Tim Aspinall is stepping down at the end of 2014, to be replaced by real estate head Richard Pollins. Aspinall is relinquishing control of the firm after seeing it through almost 20 years of growth, largely through merger. He was managing partner of legacy Donne Mileham & Haddock, which became DMH […]

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Asia Pac 150: Davis Polk leads US firms’ charge in Hong Kong

Davis Polk & Wardwell is among one of the fastest growing international firms in Asia, growing lawyer headcount by nearly 29 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according to The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 2014. The US firm has seen the most prolific growth in Hong Kong, pushing up headcount by 65 per cent over […]

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Japan: outward and upward

With the 2020 Olympics in the bag and record-breaking outbound investment, the legal market has put in a strong performance for 2014 so far Last summer, crowds in Tokyo cele-brated the city’s 2020 Olympic bid victory. It was a rare moment of joy for a country that has been hit by natural disasters and, since […]

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Simmons’ alliance partner expands in Saudi

Simmons & Simmons’ alliance firm in Saudi Arabia, Hammad & Al-Mehda, is extending its reach with a new office in the country’s capital Riyadh. Simmons has been working in alliance with Jeddah-based Hammad & Al-Mehdar since May 2011 (5 May 2011). Subject to regulatory approval Hammad & Al-Mehdar’s Riyadh office will open in October. The […]

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