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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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Barlows spearheads growth in Asia with Singapore launch

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is opening an office in Singapore as part of its planned expansion in Asia. The new venture will be headed by aviation specialist David Johnston, formerly head of Beaumont & Son’s Singapore office. Johnston is a qualified solicitor in Australia as well as England and Wales, and has extensive experience dealing […]

Matrix considers exit from Gray’s Inn base

Gray’s Inn may lose one of its most famous tenants, Matrix Chambers, as increasing numbers of sets leave their Holborn heartland. Matrix is deciding whether to move to larger premises outside the Inn to cope with its growing number of tenants. However, it may remain at its current home at the junction of Gray’s Inn […]

Cobbetts in Leeds office relocation

Just weeks after moving into new Birmingham premises, fast-expanding firm Cobbetts has announced an office relocation in Leeds. It will take up three floors of purpose-built accommodation on the banks of the River Aire from summer 2006. New space is urgently needed for Cobbetts, which has undergone four mergers, including two in Leeds, in the […]

The incredible bulk

Law firms’ volume businesses can enhance profitability. But do they make strategic sense? By Joanne O’Connor and Joanne Harris For years, volume businesses have been regarded by commercial firms as something of an embarrassing secret. When both Addleshaw Goddard and Hammonds spun off their bulk arms, it seemed settled that commoditised legal services and commercial […]

Speechly nabs Boodle Hatfield partner

Beleaguered law firm Boodle Hatfield has been dealt a blow by the loss of the head of its contentious trust and probate team to Speechly Bircham. Alison Meek, who had been a partner at Boodle Hatfield for seven years, left the firm on 10 September. She is currently on gardening leave and is expected to […]

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