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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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Shearman bulks up arbitration in Washington, DC

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Pack mentality

The management information circulated to law firm partners is frequently of limited value – but its potential for driving behaviour means firms could benefit from taking a fresh look at what they are handing out, argues Jeremy Black. The majority of law firms ­circulate some form of ­management information on a regular basis. However, while […]

Addleshaws cuts 16 jobs across its offices

Addleshaw Goddard made 16 employees redundant this year, including two fee-earners – the highest single number made since 2003. The redundancies saw three part-time fee-earners, together constituting two full-time equivalent posts, lose their jobs – one in each of the firm’s three offices – along with six support staff in the City and four each […]

City firms scramble to offload office space as market drops

City law firms moving to new premises are facing the uncomfortable reality of paying above-market rents on new office buildings while struggling to sublet existing premises. The worst hit will be firms such as Reed Smith, which signed up for 155,000sq ft in Broadgate Tower in January this year, when prices were considerably higher than […]

Irwin Mitchell strengthens partnership

Irwin Mitchell strengthens partnership” />Irwin Mitchell has boosted its ranks with the hire of Bracher Rawlins ­litigation partner Jeremy Marshall and Davenport Lyons employment partner John Hayes in London. In Leeds the firm has hired ­Keeble Hawson corporate chief Paul ­Johnson as a partner. Johnson ­specialises in legal advice to businesses seeking to grow by […]

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