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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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Japanese review

The Japanese Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of its policy with respect to foreign law firms. According to Jonathan Goldsmith, the director of the Law Society’s international directorate, the exercise is being taken as part of a move towards liberalisation. He said that Japan was facing a big bang similar to that in […]

US practice hunts for English talent

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP opened a London office last week and signalled its intention to recruit English lawyers. Linklaters & Paines former senior partner John Edwards has joined the firm. Edwards, who retired from Linklaters’ late last year, had headed the firm’s European Business Unit, and will be senior adviser […]

Lawyers back Labour Party

LAWYERS are standing four-square behind Labour in the run up to this week’s General Election, according to an opinion poll commissioned by The Lawyer. The random telephone poll of 100 solicitors in England and Wales, which shows the Labour Party enjoying a commanding 23 per cent lead over the Tories, puts Labour on 55 per […]

Two more lawyers quit Mishcon de Reya

In a double blow to Mishcon de Reya, its commercial partner Paul Millett is leaving to join Finers, while its part-time banking consultant and former partner Stephen Davis is moving to Stephenson Harwood. Millett, who is still negotiating his departure date, said he could not comment on the reasons for his move, but added: “I […]

Macfarlanes shuts Tokyo office after partner leaves

Macfarlanes has been forced to close its Tokyo office. The firm claimed that it could not find a replacement for resident partner Julian Howard, who returns to London after a five-year stint. Senior partner Vanni Treves said the move comes at a time when the office was enjoying its busiest year since opening in 1992. […]

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