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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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Lewis Silkin drops Farnham office

Westminster firm Lewis Silkin is disposing of its Farnham conveyancing office at the end of this week as part of a major change in direction for the firm. The move will mean laying off five paralegals, with three legal executives joining the London office. The only assistant solicitor in the Farnham office has already left […]

In brief: Abbey Legal opens legal call centre

Abbey Legal Protection has officially opened a call centre in Croydon which will supply free advice to Abbeys’ legal expenses insurance clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service offers a range of legal advice from tax queries through to questions regarding employment law and is expected to handle at least 130,000 […]

In brief: University to invest £6m in law college

The University of the West of England has announced that it is to invest £6m in the conversion of Bristol’s former Merchant Venturer’s College to provide study and residential accommodation for students studying on its legal practice course.

Set honours human rights star

ASIA’S leading human rights lawyer has accepted an honorary door tenancy at 1 Pump Court. Asma Jahangir, a former Secretary General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, joined the chambers at the beginning of January. In Pakistan, she has acted in cases involving arranged marriages, as well as other areas of women’s rights. As […]

Birmingham Partner faces fraud charges

West Midlands fraud squad has charged the senior partner of Birmingham firm James Beauchamp with stealing more than £73,000 from clients. The firm closed in June last year having hit the headlines a month earlier when it sent a £12,000 bill to the mother of one of its solicitors who had killed himself, charging for […]

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