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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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Hurt Girling complains of “pejorative' remarks

Tony Girling has accused fellow members of the Law Society’s ruling council of subjecting him to a series of “pejorative” jibes after they voted down his plan to resurrect a version of the “Buggin’s turn” system for electing the profession’s leaders of the society. Girling, the former president of the Law Society, had proposed that […]

British Gas sued for poisoning

British Gas is being sued by a couple from West Sussex who blame it, along with a building company, for carbon monoxide poisoning they claim to have suffered. John and Elizabeth Witham claim the poisoning was caused by the incorrect installation and servicing of a gas fire at their Angmering flat. Their claim for damages […]

Merger creates south-west giant

Bond Pearce will become the largest firm in the South West when it takes over the Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. The 40 partner firm is currently the fourth largest in the region by fee earner size but, with 210 fee earners in all, it will leapfrog Bevan Ashford, Burges Salmon […]

Andersens breaks with HK firm as it forges Singapore alliance

Arthur Andersen Legal has dumped its Hong Kong firm Ede Charlton only two years after setting up the practice – at the same time as acquiring a 67-lawyer Singapore firm. Ex-Simmons & Simmons corporate partner Julia Charlton is understood to have reached an agreement with Andersens to allow her to keep practising under the Ede […]

To advise or not to advise?

The Prince Jefri ruling highlights MDP flaws, says Rita Lowe. Rita Lowe is an insolvency partner at Cameron McKenna. The difference between the way accountants and lawyers apply conflict of interest rules was brought into stark contrast this month in a judgment that could affect the development of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). Two weeks ago, the […]

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