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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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Six appointed silk in Northern Ireland

The Ministry of Justice today (15 May) announced six new QCs for Northern Ireland. Solicitor Barra McGrory from Belfast-based firm P J McGrory & Co has been made up to silk, becoming one of the very few outside the bar to be appointed. Barristers Charles McKay, Monyeazo Anyadike-Danes, Alan Kane, Philip Mateer and Thomas Beattie […]

Curtis Mallet launches in Istanbul

US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has ramped up its emerging market presence by launching its first office in Istanbul. The firm, which has recently expanded its offices in Frankfurt, Paris and London, is hoping to build its client base in South Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Middle East with the […]

Kelly’s no hero

Feathers have been more than ruffled at the Bar Council since a former chairman decided to rejoin the membership, it appears. Tulkinghorn has learnt that Matthias Kelly QC has become the first-ever ex-chairman to return to the fold. Kelly’s unprecedented move has raised more than one eyebrow. Apparently there’s an unspoken rule that, once a […]

Key change at BPI as GC quits

With all the pirate CDs that music industry groups the BPI and IFPI have nabbed between them, there’s no shortage of possible theme tunes for the game of musical chairs going on in their office. With all the pirate CDs that music industry groups the BPI and IFPI have nabbed between them, there’s no shortage […]

Canada proves hotbed of M&A activity

Canadian firms were rejoicing as the country became the centre of last week’s frenzied M&A activity, with two mega-mergers worth an aggregate of £25bn being announced in one day. The first saw US aluminium giant Alcoa make an unsolicited $33bn (£16.57bn) bid for Canadian multinational Alcan. As first reported by The Lawyer (8 May), Alcoa […]

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