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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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Weil fends off court in Fendi malpractice suit

Weil Gotshal & Manges has settled a long-running legal malpractice suit involving Italian fashion house Fendi just days before the matter was due to go to before a jury. The New York-based firm had been on trial in the Manhattan Supreme Court since 5 May over claims that it was conflicted during its representation of […]

Bird & Bird soars high on back of European growth

Bird & Bird soars high on back of European growth” />Bird & Bird has had a record year, boosting both turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP) by 20 per cent. The firm is close to breaching the £100m mark for the first time, with turnover reaching £96.5m, up from £80m the previous year. Profitability […]

Firms reveal German partner promotions

It Is that time of year again when hardworking and ambitious senior associates wait to see if they have impressed their bosses and can join the partnership. As has been well documented by The Lawyer, it can be hard enough making it into the partnership, but for the associates of the UK-headquartered firms there is […]

SABMiller appoints Lovells veteran as new GC

Lovells has been rocked by the departure of veteran corporate partner John Davidson to key client SABMiller. Davidson, Lovells’ relationship partner for SABMiller, joins the brewery group as company secretary and general counsel. He replaces current company secretary Andrew Tonkinson upon his planned retirement in August. Davidson’s departure from Lovells was announced internally today (26 […]

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