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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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A&O goes on record to staff

CITY firm Allen & Overy, described in the press as the most profitable firm in the UK, has gone on the record about the true state of its finances. In a frank article in the firm’s in-house newsletter, senior partner Bill Tudor John describes how the firm has fared since the last quarter of 1993/94 […]

Climb into the driving seat

As with many areas of law practice, it is critical for the right person to be dealing with the right job. While this firm’s asset recovery and consumer credit department is computerised in relation to its straightforward debt actions, certain aspects of the debt recovery process simply do not require qualified lawyers to be involved […]

Levy calls for children's champion

BAR COUNCIL member Allan Levy QC has called on the UK to introduce a Children’s Rights Commissioner to protect the interests of the nation’s youth. Levy, who raised the issue at the eighth biennial meeting of the International Bar Association’s Section on General Practice, said the idea had gained support among the UK legal profession […]

PI firms 'alert' to TV accusations

A NATIONAL network of law firms was launched amid controversy this week to “cultivate” multi-party personal injury claims. ALeRT – Allied Lawyers Response Team – aims to spot potential multi-party actions and research the subject, then develop and co-ordinate claims. The project has been masterminded by two Liverpool solicitors, Graham Ross and Norman Hughes, who […]

Plea bargaining issues resurface

THE ROW between two leading criminal silks has resurfaced 20 months after Roger Levitt’s fraud trial ended in uproar over his lenient sentence. Media attention has been focused on the allegations made by prosecution counsel David Cocks QC and Jonathan Goldberg QC, who led the defence, about each other. In November 1993, after the trial […]

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