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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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In the UK, significant changes are imminent as the much anticipated deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) takes a step closer to implementation with the release of a draft code of practice. DPAs offer a radical departure from the UK’s traditional approach to corporate criminality and, in conjunction with the Bribery Act, represent a significant change in […]

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Follett Stock case proceeds to higher judge as firm closes Bristol office

West Country firm Follett Stock has closed its Bristol office, as its winding-up case moves through the High Court. The firm’s winding-up case went before senior High Court insolvency official registrar Clive Jones last week. Jones agreed that the case could be adjourned and would be referred to a High Court judge. Meanwhile Follett Stock […]

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Gourmet burger chain Byron Hamburgers, advised by Freshfields and Travers Smith, was sold last week to private equity group Hutton Collins, advised by Dickson Minto. It’s all go in the restaurant world: to find out which lawyers have been gobbling up the deals, see our stories below. Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin on either side of […]

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