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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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Willoughbys in court on race discrimination claim

A former fee-earning employee has taken leading intellectual property practice, Willoughby & Partners, to a tribunal over allegations of racism. The race discrimination claim has been brought by an Afro-Caribbean trainee who claims he was forced out of the firm because of his colour. “This sort of behaviour needs to be brought to account. There […]

In brief: Alistair Liddle

Alistair Liddle, runaway solicitor from Moray, is under investigation by the DSS who suspect him of claiming benefit while working on a Cornish chicken farm under the pseudonym “Robert Fox”. Police discovered Liddle a year after his disappearance. He vanished the day he was due to meet with Law Society officials investigating alleged financial irregularities […]

Justifying #1m to stakeholders

I REFER to your report on a US law firm seeking a partner for its London office and apparently willing to offer drawings at the #1m level (The Lawyer, 11 January). Given the office overheads that go into generating fees to provide for an income at that level, the successful applicant will have to maintain […]

'Stop whingeing and get your house in order', says Woolf

THE Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has hit out at critics of his civil justice reforms and told the legal profession to “put its house in order” in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer. The Government is due to publish the rulebook this week, which will outline radically different procedural rules and practice directions […]

Students seek solicitors

The National Union of Students says students, as fee-paying customers, can now hire solicitors to pursue complaints against academics. The Independent

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