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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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Adam Cowell – 1 October 1963-29 July 2004

The sudden death of Adam Cowell on 29 July at the age of 40 marks the loss of one of the profession’s leading business crime lawyers. In his six years as a partner in the London office of Irwin Mitchell, Cowell established himself as one of the top lawyers in the country, representing defendants in […]

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The ECHR is set to decide whether multinationals should be able to sue individuals for libel. Jon Robins reports on how the McLibel case could change the rules of the game “Obviously, McDonald’s was beaten at the trial both in terms of publicity and the facts that emerged about their business methods,” reckons Dave Morris, […]

Land Securities returns to Nabarros

Nabarro Nathanson has gained a major property swap instruction from client Land Securities, re-establishing the firm as a key legal adviser to the company. Nabarros property partners James George and Graham Lust are leading the team acting for Land Securities on its exclusive negotiations with Slough Estates for a swap of the majority of their […]

Watson Farley parries pay claim from Orrick defectors

Watson Farley & Williams has successfully fended off a claim for holiday pay from the Paris team that defected to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. The 42-strong team, which joined Orrick’s Paris office in October 2002, demanded €290,000 (£196,900) in lieu of unused holiday under French employment law. Watson Farley rejected the demand and retaliated by […]

British Olympic Assoc head of legal pushes for ambush marketing laws

No sooner had the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) head of legal affairs Sara Friend stepped off the plane from Athens, than she was back in the office working on the London 2012 bid and demanding legislative change. “There’s no genuine ambush marketing legislation in this country at the moment. You have to rely on passing […]

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