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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: Tax supremo, Riches, moves to Withers

John Riches, a partner in Pinsent Curtis, is leaving the firm to join Withers. He joins the City firm early next month as a partner in the private client department. Riches specialises in tax and trust issues, wealth preservation and succession planning. Murray Hallam, head of Withers’ private client practice, said: “John’s arrival is a […]

Brussels exodus at Clifford Chance

FIVE lawyers have left Clifford Chance’s Brussels office in the past four months, four from the EC department. Clifford Chance partner responsible for the Brussels office’s EC competition practice, Alex Nourry, denied rumours of poor morale and said the firm had recruit ed six lawyers over the past six months. “The people who left have […]

Irish act on complaints

THE PUBLIC made 1,350 complaints to the Irish Law Society against solicitors in the Republic of Ireland last year. About half of them concerned delays, failure to communicate with clients or hand over files. One fifth alleged inadequate professional services, while 16 per cent claimed that excessive fees were charged. Most of the complaints were […]

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The Government Legal Service (GLS) organises teams of lawyers for over 25 government departments. It takes on about 8 trainees a year for central government and recruits two years in advance. All trainee places are based in London, with the exception of occasional opportunities in Customs & Excise in Manchester and the Welsh Office in […]

New Alsops chief in operational review

Alsop Wilkinson’s head of business development, Stewart McRorie, quit the firm shortly after the appointment of new chief executive Christopher Honeyman Brown. Honeyman Brown, who is undertaking a far reaching review of Alsops’ operations, denied there was any connection with his arrival from accountancy firm Binder Hamlyn where he was a partner. “It is purely […]

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