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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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Sema steals Siemens' legal aide

Sema has raided rival IT giant Siemens in its search for a UK head of legal. Legal adviser James Loughrey will join the Anglo-French giant at the beginning of March. He joins the group from the UK subsidiary of the German electronics and engineering giant. Global IT services company Sema told The Lawyer in November […]

Recovering from the economic boom

At a time when the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI) was voting to change its name to the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (see pages 12 and 15), in order to dispense with the dreaded word “insolvency”, along came the two biggest UK receiverships for a long time – TransTec and Versailles. And which […]

Cartwrights opens Cardiff office

The new office will be fully staffed and concentrate predominantly commercial and IT law, claims resolution, commercial property and planning and employment law. Partners Nigel H Williams, Richard Ottley, Emrys Parry and Glynis John – who head the relevant departments – are likely to spend at least one day a week at the new office. […]

McGrigor Donald opens in Belfast

Corporate partner Richard Masters and property partner David Bankier have moved from the Glasgow head office to run the Belfast practice. They take projects assistant Gregor Hamilton with them and have poached corporate lawyer Kerry O’Hara from Belfast-based L’Estrange & Brett. Fred Shedden, McGrigors’ senior partner, says the office is looking for another partner and […]

Osborne Clarke boosts planning

Osborne Clarke has poached the head of environmental and planning law from Bristol firm Lyons Davidson. Kevin Gibbs will join the firm’s Bristol office next month. Osborne Clarke’s environmental group currently has one other partner, Alan John. He will remain its head. John says: “Kevin’s experience will complement and broaden the service we provide. We […]

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