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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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Summers slams Bar Council disbar rules

A former barrister is threatening judicial review of a proposed Bar Council rule that will effectively disbar barristers who re-qualify as solicitors. Under the proposals, due to go before the Bar Council in March, barristers who become solicitors will be suspended for as long as they hold a solicitor’s practising certificate. But former barrister Gary […]

Bar Council warns of exodus over tax reforms

Government plans to change the way barristers pay tax will force many to quit the Bar and should be abandoned, according to the Bar Council’s response to the proposals. Dawn Primarolo, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, announced on 22 December last year that all professionals would pay tax on an earnings rather than a cash-received […]

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Two legal software suppliers will celebrate their 20th birthdays at the Software for Solicitors exhibition on 4-5 March. Pilgrim Systems, which provides more than 200 law firms with LawSoft practice management systems, will cut a celebratory cake at the show. Pilgrim Systems also celebrate 20 years in the business. More than 300 people are expected […]

The end of a nightmare

After a campaign led by Tim and Angela Devlin and fuelled by public opinion, Sheila Bowler has been found not guilty of killing her husband’s aunt, writes Claire Veares Tim Devlin is more used to promoting the law than challenging it. A public relations consultant for the College of Law, he previously acted for the […]

Linklaters only UK firm on Chinese licence list

Linklaters is understood to be the only UK firm out of 20 foreign law firms which have just been granted licences to open new offices in China. The Lawyer revealed last week that Linklaters had been granted a licence for its unofficial Shanghai office. It has now become clear that it is the only UK […]

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