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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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The long arm of the law

With jurisdiction boundaries becoming increasingly blurred, managers have to be extra careful that they don’t fall foul of the law. Arun Srivastava reports Managers of global businesses face an increasingly difficult job managing legal risks arising from business operations carried out across national borders. There has been an increasing trend in legislatures in the UK […]

Hammonds finance chief jumps ship to Hunton

Hammonds has suffered again at the hands of Hunton & Williams, losing its third partner to the US firm. This is the sixteenth partner to quit the firm since January 2004. Corporate partner and head of the financial services market group Jonathan Marsh will rejoin his former partners Martin Thomas and John Deacon at Hunton […]

Hammonds lose third partner to Hunton & Williams

Hammonds has suffered again at the hands of Hunton & Williams, losing its third partner to the US firm –the 16th partner to quit the firm since January 2004. Jonathan Marsh will rejoin his former partners Martin Thomas and John Deacon at Hunton on 1 March after just two years at Hammonds, where he is […]

Time to shut up and tie up

Alison Diamond explains how to get the most out of that inevitable merger. Consolidation between law firms, both nationally and internationally, shows no sign of slowing down. When firms merge successfully, the individual career decisions of their lawyers and support staff come into sharp focus. People start thinking about themselves, their CVs and their futures. […]

The work-life quiz

James Pinder, head of fraud, Silverbeck Rymer What was your first ever job? Clerk at Lancashire County Council. What was your worst experienceas a trainee? My first appearance before a judge, which was supposed to be in chambers, but for which I ended up fully robed in open court. Looking back it was daunting; at […]

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