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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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The Lawyer is launching a series of UK-based in-house forums to allow company lawyers the opportunity to meet with their peers. The first forum will be held on the afternoon of the 25 January at the Barbican in London, with others to follow on 16 May and 26 September. Participants include the director of group […]

Richards Butler rejects private practice for top in-house talent

Richards Butler is rejecting traditional private practice lateral hires in favour of taking on in-house counsel. Chris Schulten, chief executive at Richards Butler, says the firm is increasingly turning to in-house counsel rather than private practice for new blood. He says: “It is not a usual direction and you do not see a lot of […]

Rosenblatt in Brands Hatch takeover plan

Rosenblatt is advising long-term client Brands Hatch on Interpublic’s £120m takeover bid. Senior partner Ian Rosenblatt who is leading a team of four on the deal, says Brands Hatch has assured him that the firm will be retained after completion. Property and planning partner Howard Salter is also working on the deal, which consists of […]

Rowe & Maw plans Hong Kong office

City firm Rowe & Maw is set to open in Hong Kong next year. The firm is talking exclusively to an unnamed Chinese law firm. A Rowe & Maw source says the firm is finalising plans for the tie-up. He says: “We are in discussions about opening up in Hong Kong. We have been in […]

..as firm advises Vodafone on bid

Linklaters & Alliance is understood to be advising communications giant Vodafone on its hostile bid – estimated at more than $100bn (£62.5bn) – for Mannesmann and Orange. The Lawyer understands the Alliance’s London office and its German firm, Oppenhoff & Radler, have been enlisted to prepare the legal framework for the takeover. Linklaters acted for […]

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