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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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In brief: Attorney General John Morris

Attorney General John Morris will today (Monday) be asked to make a statement on the case of prosecutor Maria Bamieh, who won her case against the Crown Prosecution Service for racial discrimination. Her Member of Parliament, Andrew Dismore, is due to put a written question to Morris, asking him to comment on the case and […]

In brief: Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees

Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has exceeded its targets for turnover and profits, with turnover up 15 per cent this year. Michael Shepherd, senior partner at the 46-partner firm, says results have been “moderated” by investment in expansion, including new offices. Shepherd says: “We had a solid performance across the board, with our main growth in […]

Care ruling will impact rural councils

The plight of society’s most vulnerable youngsters has come in for High Court scrutiny in two cases against Kent County Council that have re-emphasised the problem of aftercare funding. The cases are a warning for a number of rural local authorities. These authorities often have large numbers of youngsters from nearby cities placed in foster […]

The Firm

Minutes of meeting between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson, Alison Brett, a new partner in the corporate department, and her three-year-old son Billy. Mr Pratchard: I’ve been meaning to talk to you, Alison. Corporate image is very important to The Firm. We’re lean and hungry in the forest of law – and quite frankly you’re not […]

French govt gives MDPs green light

The long-awaited report from the French Government on multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) is believed to have given the concept the green light only weeks after it was vetoed by the French bar. French newsletter Juristes Associes claims to have seen an advance copy of the Nallet Report, which will not be officially released until a few […]

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