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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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Moving the goalposts

During the 1990s, businesses, and in particular the professions, have had to confront dramatic changes in the business environment – from expansion to recession, from excess demand to over-capacity. Clients now look hard at legal costs and demand competitive pricing and quality of total service, not just technical excellence. The impact of the recession on […]

Mergers give birth to 'superfirms'

THE MERGER between Nabarro Nathanson and Turner Kenneth Brown has finally gone through, creating a commercial London-based firm of 128 partners and 370 other fee-earners and putting it at number 10 in The Lawyer Top 100. Nabarros brings 107 partners and 295 fee-earners and TKB contributes 21 partners and 75 fee-earners. The new firm, called […]

Back on track

It was good to see the Law Society firing on all cylinders in its report ‘Design for the future’ in the legal aid debate. The issue of barristers’ fees attracted media attention to the area. But the society’s raft of “principled but pragmatic” proposals are worthy of greater consideration than they are ever going to […]

Booth cleared of professional misconduct

PRIVATE pupillage arr-angements are to be investigated by the Bar Council following allegations of misconduct against Cherie Booth QC by a right-wing pressure group. The professional conduct committee has cleared Booth, of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, of professional misconduct following the Freedom Association’s claims she risked “bringing the Bar into disrepute” in bypassing her chambers’ […]

Bar may force equality code

AN EQUALITY code including an entire chapter devoted to the problems of sexual harassment and another on fair pupil selection may soon become compulsory for chambers. ‘The Equality Code for Chambers’, currently being revised by the Bar Council, is set to be incorporated into its code of practice effectively forcing chambers to adopt its provisions. […]

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