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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 […]

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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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Despite competition, this year’s IBA conference is set to be the biggest and brightest ever, reports Richard Tyler. The International Bar Association’s (IBA) annual get-together this year in Vancouver between 13-18 September comes hot on the heels of that of its rival, the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), which held its annual meeting in Nice […]

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Freehills Patent Attorneys, the practice affiliated with leading Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page, has appointed four partners – John Davy, Paul Jones, Paul Savage and Debra Tulloch – to its Sydney and Melbourne offices.

Tripartite mergers are not the easy option

The top five City firms may not be losing any sleep over the proposed merger between Denton Hall, Theodore Goddard and Richards Butler. After all, it may never happen and even if it does, it will take some considerable time to settle and see the fruits of its labours. However, there is no doubt that […]

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