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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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LSC job cuts spark fears for access to justice

The Law Society has warned that access to justice could be adversely affected after the Legal Services Commission (LSC), which runs the legal aid scheme, cut 600 jobs. As revealed by TheLawyer.com (4 November), the LSC is to shrink its ­headcount from 1,700 to 1,100 by 2011 in a bid to reshape its business support […]

Work Life Quiz: Bill Jones, JMW Solicitors

JMW Solicitors” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/14699_P17_jones.jpg” />What was your first-ever job?Clerical assistant with a small Manchester law firm. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?Being humiliated by a court registrar – as they were then called – when I was literally unable to “open my case” because I had temporarily forgotten the combination number of […]

Taylor Wessing half-year: turnover down 1 per cent

Taylor Wessing‘s half-year UK revenues have decreased by 1 per cent on the same period last year to £42.6m. However, growth overseas has taken total turnover for the half-year at the firm up by 9 per cent to £84.7m, with fees billed in foreign offices now having almost overtaken the UK. A spokesperson for the […]

Pinsents tightens AIM stranglehold as downturn hits market capitalisations

Pinsent Masons continues to lead the way in terms of the number of AIM clients, with DLA Piper and Norton Rose having lost ground since the last quarter. According to the latest data from Hemscott, DLA Piper, which was previously ranked second, has lost three clients over the past three months, while Norton Rose has […]

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