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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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Judges have come under fire for making the wasted costs system an expensive and often time wasting operation A report by 4 New Square barrister Hugh Evans describes the controversial system as “flawed” and full of procedural complexities and faults that may include a breach of the Human Rights Act and natural justice.Among the damning […]

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Burton Copeland has asked us to clarify that Nigel Copeland, who was struck off last week (The Lawyer, 1 July), had left the firm in 1993. Copeland became a named partner in Burton Copeland in 1986, but was asked to resign from the partnership in November 1993 and has had no association with the firm […]

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Gerald Bland’s decision to leave Herbert Smith came as no great shock to his peers. He began chewing over a number of options after returning from his second sabbatical late last year with a nagging feeling that he needed a change. A US firm seemed a likely scenario at first, and DJ Freeman was among […]

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