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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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Three of South Africa’s largest law firms have joined forces to form one of the top five legal services outfits in the country, with a partner count of more than 60. Finance heavyweight Bowman Gilfillan Haymen Godfrey is joining forces with IP specialists John & Kernick, and shipping, insurance and energy experts Findlay & Tait, […]

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Steel and Morris:Every lawyer's nightmare

Helen Steel and Dave Morris When London Greenpeace activists Helen Steel and Dave Morris were accused of libelling restaurant chain McDonald’s, no one dreamt it would lead to the longest trial in English legal history. Shaun Pye meets the McLibel defence as the duo prepare to enter the Court of Appeal. Observing a recent directions […]

Retailer banking:the (success) story so far…..

There is hardly any area of consumer life that has not had the big brand treatment from major retailers and service companies. Lawyers only need to glance sideways to see Tesco selling cars and computers, American Express buying up accountancy firms in the US and Virgin selling just about everything. It is what the telecommunications […]

Gleiss Lutz senior partners block merger with Stibble

A small minority of senior partners at Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch has blocked the firm’s proposed merger with leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot. The climbdown is partly due to the different approach to risk-taking adopted by senior partners in German firms to that of partners in other European jurisdictions such as the […]

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Richard Pearce, head of services to the profession at the Law Society, who was acquitted of stalking a female commuter on a train. Pearce admitted that he had misread the signals from the middle-aged secretary. He thought he was getting the come-on, while she thought he was doing “disgusting things” under the newspaper on his […]

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