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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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Costs conscious councils

Two local authorities are heading for a legal costs showdown at the High Court. West Oxfordshire District council is suing Tewkesbury Borough Council for allegedly failing to honour a deal to share the costs of an action. It is seeking damages over what it claims was breach of a 1991 contract under which the two […]

Big Six law firms in France square up for names battle

Law firms in France with links to the Big Six accountancy firms may seek compensation from the French government if they are forced to change their names, according to one lawyer embroiled in the debate. The battle centres around the conflicting provisions of a law passed in 1992, which has only just come into force. […]

More partners are made up abroad than inside the UK

Freshfields and Linklaters & Paines have made up more partners abroad this year than they have in the UK. Of the leading firms, Freshfields has the highest ratio of foreign to domestic partners. It has made up six domestic and 10 foreign-based partners. Five of the overseas partners are based in the Far East and […]

Abolish duty solicitor committees, says Edwards

LEADING criminal solicitor Tony Edwards has joined calls for a radical reform of the duty solicitor scheme following complaints from some practitioners that local committees are operating cartels across the country. According to Edwards, who sits on the Law Society’s criminal law committee and is senior partner of TV Edwards & Co, local duty solicitor […]

…and poaches Stephensons' employment partner Seward

Stephenson Harwood employment partner Karen Seward is leaving to build a London employment practice at Pinsent Curtis. Seward, at Stephensons since September 1994 and made up to partner in November last year, was number two in the firm’s employment department and is currently negotiating her leaving date. Pinsents’ London managing partner Graeme Brister said: “I […]

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