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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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Irwin Mitchell seeking new partnership in Spain

Irwin Mitchell is closing in on a deal with an unnamed Spanish firm which will determine the future of its Spanish subsidiary, Irwin Mitchell Abogados. A statement from the firm said: “We can confirm that we are in discussions with a Spanish law firm with regard to establishing a strategic alliance to develop the international […]

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DLA sweats it out in Asia Pacific

Ruthlessness rules at DLA in Singapore, rubbing up against more subtle local ways DLA Piper is yet to make its fortune in Singapore after losing out on the city-state’s Qualifying Foreign Legal Practice (QFLP) licence for the second time in February. It has seen the exit of three partners in recent months, most recently global […]

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RBS to rack up £42m legal bill over shareholder action, High Court told

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is expected to run up a legal bill of £42m defending shareholder action over its £12bn rights issue, with Quinn Emanuel expected to join the action for Prudential, Standard Life and Legal & General. In a case management conference at the Rolls Building yesterday (17 September 2013), Mr Justice Hildyard was told […]

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Hogan Lovells to review stress management in wake of partner’s suicide

Hogan Lovells has pledged to examine its policies and procedures around workplace stress and mental health in the wake of the death of IP partner David Latham earlier this year. The inquest into Latham’s death opened yesterday (12 September) at Westminster Coroner’s Court. The Hogan Lovells partner threw himself under a tube train on 15 […]

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Kirkland launches in Beijing after gaining licence approval

Kirkland & Ellis has formally launched its Beijing office, just under six months after first seeking a licence to launch in the Chinese capital. The firm opened its doors in Beijing yesterday (16 September) and has chosen Shanghai chief representative partner Li Chuan and Hong Kong-based corporate partner David Zhang to spearhead the new operation. […]

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