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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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Scots take the high ground

When the British Legal Association gave evidence to the Royal Commission on Legal Services some 20 years ago, it suggested the establishment of solicitors property centres based on the model present in Scotland. I have never heard it suggested then, or since, that Scottish solicitors occupied a lower moral ground than those practising in England […]

Sex change case centres on discrimination

A major test case over the stance health authorities take in paying for sex-change treatment is heading for the High Court. Mr Justice Owen has given leave for an urgent challenge to be brought against the right of Shropshire Health Authority to refuse to pay for operations necessary to finalise sex-change treatment for a man […]

David Fishwick on January's Supreme Court fees order.

David Fishwick is a partner at Blake Lapthorn. “Something for nothing,” should have been the title of a recent announcement by the Supreme Court Taxing Office. The Supreme Court fees (Amendment) order, which came into force on 15 January 1997, was greeted with surprise and dismay by the profession. Two of the more significant changes […]

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