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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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Manchester set gets Best Value first

A Manchester barristers’ chambers is believed to be the first set to enter partnership with a local authority under the Best Value legislation. Chorley Borough Council in Lancashire has entered into a partnership with 40 King Street in Manchester and its spin-off 5 Park Place in Leeds. The chambers will advise on planning, housing, human […]

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Clifford Chance agrees Luxembourg merger

Partners at both firms voted overwhelmingly for the union which has won approval from the Luxembourg Bar Association and will take place from 1 January 2000. The marriage to Faltz & Kremer, the country’s sixth largest firm with 20 lawyers, gives Clifford Chance a foothold in Luxembourg’s lucrative banking market. The new firm will be […]

Legal aid contracting to face judicial review

The two-partner firm, which specialises in mental health and community care law, claims Lord Irvine’s plan to allow only law firms with contracts to practice legal aid work is illegal. Yesterday, in a case backed by the Law Society, Mr Justice Latham gave the green light for the issue to be judicially reviewed. The contracting […]

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