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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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UBS Warburg fills head of Europe role

UBS Warburg is hiring a European general counsel. The post has been vacant for nearly a year. Sally James is returning to the department after a spell as a bursar at the University of Cambridge, before which she was deputy head of legal for Swiss Bank Corporation, which merged with UBS in 1998.She is filling […]

Hammonds storms Wildes' partnership

Finance partners defect; Hammonds’ deBT recovery department boosted Hammond Suddards Edge is taking on finance partners from niche factoring and invoice discounting firm Wilde & Partners, leaving the firm decimated.The Lawyer understands that five partners intend to move to Hammonds, leaving Wildes with only three partners and bringing Hammonds’ total partner count to 218. Hammonds […]

Singapore to consider MDP introduction

Singapore’s legal fraternity is considering proposals for further liberalisation of the legal sector. Multidisciplinary practices (MDPs), providing legal and accounting advice, have been the subject of speculation following a preliminary report by Singapore’s Chief Justice Yong Pung How.The report, prepared by the Justices’ Law Clerks’ Pool, suggests that last year’s decision to permit local and […]

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Poor old Clifford Chance. The competition practice has hardly been having an easy time of it recently, what with head of department Chris Bright jumping ship to join Shearman & Sterling and now its highest profile piece of work is falling apart around its ears. To say that it should have foreseen the European Commission’s […]

Building for the future

DJ Freeman head of property Susan Hall has no qualms that her firm is replacing maturity with youth. To her, it’s all part of the bigger picture

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