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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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Powergen and E.on merger talks spark conflict chaos

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer elbowed out for Shearman & Sterling; Slaughters scoops UK side Powergen’s merger talks with utility companies E.on and RWE has thrown the German market into disarray as it tries to avoid conflicts. But it is UK practice Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer that has found itself at the centre of the storm. The UK […]

Axa Corp sets up new legal panel

Axa Corporate Solutions, which is part of the Axa group, has set up a panel of preferred law firms. The panel is unusual as the work is for large multinational clients, and the firms need to prove that they have the capacity to cope with complex multijurisdictional work. A number of firms are known to […]

Fitting the Bill

When even the railway system can’t make a man angry, he has to be the nicest lawyer around. Fiona Callister meets Martineau Johnson’s very agreeable senior partner elect Goodness me, William Barker is nice. The new senior partner elect of Martineau Johnson could be forgiven for being fairly crotchety as the wonders of the British […]

Legal widow

This is the week the Lawyer hopes to inflict his new suit on an unsuspecting world. He bought it during a weak moment in the sales, the time around 3pm when bargain blindness sets in and the pinstripes don’t look quite so wide or prominent as in the cold light of morning. I heard the […]

Rawlinsons appoints Cripps partner

South East firm Rawlison & Butler has expanded its commercial litigation team with the hiring of a new partner from Cripps Harries Hall. Joanna Case joins the Crawley-based firm after five years at Cripps Harries Hall, where she became a partner in 1999. Her particular focus was professional negligence work. Case previously practised in Birmingham […]

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