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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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James Whiter was born in Stoke on Trent in 1963. He is an associate at Linnells in Oxford. What was your first job? The Official Secrets Act prevents me from discussing it. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £9,000 per annum as a trainee. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

Dublin man fights extradition

The House of Lords has granted leave for Dublin man John Joseph Gilligan to challenge High Court refusal of his appeal against an extradition order. Magistrates had ordered that he should be handed over to the Dublin authorities in connection with the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin. Gilligan was arrested at Heathrow on drugs charges […]

Telecoms ace defects from Couderts to Olswang

The London office of US firm Coudert Brothers has been hit by the defection of telecoms star Colin Long to Olswang. Long will become joint head of Olswang’s Telecommunications and IT Unit with current head partner Kim Nicholson. Coudert Brothers managing partner Philip Burroughs said: “We would obviously have preferred it if he hadn’t left […]

Simpson Thacher looks to Europe

Robert Lindsay reports from the International Bar Association’s annual conference in Vancouver. Leading New York firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has started hiring Europeans and English-qualified lawyers to give it the option of moving into European law. In a break with its tradition as a Wall Street practice which sends lawyers abroad on temporary assignments, […]

Lawyers at play

Woolwich Property Services in-houser John Cugley (pictured left with England rugby union manager Roger Uttley) spent nine days rowing from The Thames’ highest navigable river to Greenwich in order to raise money for the children’s charity Sparks. So far his 150-mile marathon has raised £6,000.

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