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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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Freshfields revamps US management team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed New York-based finance specialist Brian Rance to succeed Ted Burke as US managing partner. Rance will take the helm in the spring when Burke relocates to London to take over from Hugh Crisp as chief executive. Commenting on the apppointment Freshfields’ new senior partner Guy Morton said: “The US is […]

Regulatory Roundup

Europe’s competition watchdogs went into hyperdrive as 2005 drew to climactic end. The European Commission charged Microsoft with failing to comply with its antitrust ruling of 2004. The move outraged Microsoft lawyers, who complained that the regulator continued to move the goalposts. EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes found that Microsoft had supplied incomplete and inaccurate […]

Crunch time at the OFT: enforcement boss gives green light to early screening unit

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to launch a preliminary investigation unit to screen new cases amid mounting public pressure to put its house in order. The new department will investigate matters on a preliminary basis and decide whether new cases ought to be considered by the regulator or not. Interviews for the post […]

Ashurst kicks off international push

Ashurst has revealed plans to expand its offices throughout Europe and Asia in a bid to increase the amount of work generated outside London. Ashurst senior partner Geoffrey Green told The Lawyer that the firm hoped its international offices would eventually generate one-third of the total workload of the firm. Its international offices currently create around 28 per […]

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