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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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Bar world tour sings praises of 'UK Legal'

BARRISTERS are set to enjoy a major international marketing boost this month from an unprecedented host of Bar Council initiatives at home and abroad. Solicitors should also benefit from the efforts of the Bar Council, which claims the initiative will focus as much on publicising the UK legal profession as a whole as it will […]

Bill poses threat for actuaries

Nicholson Graham & Jones (NG&J) is warning actuaries that the new Pensions Bill, which received Royal assent on 20 July, will significantly change their future role. NG&J partner Ian Pittaway says: “This Act is potentially very dangerous for actuaries.” NG&J lawyers had expected wholesale amendments to the Bill due to the deficiencies of its drafting, […]

No room at the Inns

One of the common complaints about the Inns has been that, with buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, they are ill-equipped to function as modern offices. But one, Lincoln’s Inn, will be rectifying that problem during the long vacation this year with its £100,000 investment in a data network system around the Inn […]

SFO disclosure triumph for Guinness defendants

Lawyers attempting to overturn the convictions of the four Guinness defendants have won a court order forcing the Serious Fraud Office to give them all relevant undisclosed material by 14 August. The lawyers had expressed concern that the SFO was slow in disclosing some papers, and had pressed for disclosure of further files on Guinness […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 08/08/95

HARVEY MICHAEL ALLEN, 47, admitted 1982, practised as Allen Kandler & Co, London NW4, struck off. Allegations substantiated he misappropriated and wrongly used client money, failed to keep proper accounts and failed to comply with client instructions in relation to charge on property. Tribunal told Allen had misused mortgage funds and money deposited by a […]

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