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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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Square Mile

It was suggested recently in this column (5 April) that national law firms are dogs that have had their day. The truth is that large national law firms have, in the past 10 years, increased their profile, profitability, size, quality client base and reputation in a way that challenges all but the very largest City […]

Working the Media Machine

A journalist telephoning the marketing departments of certain larger law firms could be forgiven for thinking they had accidentally got through to the Kremlin in the 1970s. In some quarters, calls from the media are met with a mixture of fear and suspicion, followed by a fair dose of interrogation. While some lawyers have become […]

Property

The property team at Edge Ellison in London advised Henderson Investors and Commercial Union on the recent £95m sale of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, to Thornfield Properties and Lehman Brothers, a US investment bank. Partner Jonathan Morshead led the team, which has also recently advised Commercial Union on the sale of a mixed portfolio, […]

Commercial bar in crisis as work dries up

The commercial bar is facing a crisis as many silks find themselves virtually redundant. One chambers director says that he has spoken to half a dozen leaders in recent weeks who all have little or nothing to do. He cites the example of one well-known silk who last year earned £600,000 but was recently forced […]

McGrigor Donald now Scotland's biggest firm

Recent partner appointments will make McGrigor Donald the largest law firm in Scotland. Eleven recent appointments bring the partner count to 58, ahead of arch-rivals Dundas & Wilson CS and Maclay Murray & Spens. McGrigors has poached partner Wayne Lawrence from medium-sized Scottish law firm Biggart Baillie. Lawrence will be joining Shonaig Macpherson’s information technology […]

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