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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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MP calls for back to basic law reforms

A campaign calling for major revision to the delivery of legal services held its first public meeting at the House of Commons last week. The Campaign for a National Legal Service, brainchild of Austin Mitchell MP, long-time voice of the legal services consumer, is calling for a statutory right to legal services to remedy what […]

Attention to reform, not stats

JUDGES tend to be either inordinately proud of the role of judicial review in reining in the executive, or acutely conscious of the confines of the remedy. My experience is that it depends on whether you catch them in administrative law conferences or court. More cynical observers might add that it also turns on the […]

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If you are considering a career in the legal profession, you are probably debating whether to become a solicitor or barrister and what sort of law you want to practise. In a profession that is increasingly competitive, both to enter and to succeed in, it is important to narrow down your choice to certain aspects […]

In brief: Brussels placement up for grabs

Trainee solicitors are invited to spend five months in Brussels with the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland. The trainee will gain insight into the workings of European institutions and the best way to lobby them, as well as learning how European laws are made and the way they […]

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