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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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Report points out poor ethnic mix in Scotland

Ethnic minorities and women are under represented in the Scottish Criminal Justice system, and no ethnic minorities are represented among the staff of Scotland’s prosecution service, according to a government report. The study, published by the Scottish Office last week, concludes “the proportions of women and individuals of ethnic minorities working in criminal justice agencies […]

Survival of the fittest

Agencies have to adapt to succeed in a competitive market, says Fred Mason. Fred Mason co-ordinates the agency department of Charles Russell, Cheltenham. The improvement in the economy is good news for the legal profession as a whole, but it has cast a shadow over agency work. Before the economic upturn, agency practitioners enjoyed a […]

Facts for the future

This year’s The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand survey reveals an improvement in fortunes. Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall are partners at Coopers & Lybrand and are members of the firm’s Partnerships Group. In recent years the The Lawyer/Coopers & Lybrand surveys have highlighted the speed of change facing UK law firms, focusing in particular on financial […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 08/04/97

Negligence claim after wrong diagnosis of mental condition Spargo v North Essex District Health Authority (1997) CA (Nourse LJ, Brooke LJ and Waller LJ) 13/3/97 Summary: Plaintiff’s belief that injury was attributable to a mis-diagnosis constituted actual knowledge for purposes of Limitation Act 1980. She was fixed with constructive knowledge although her solicitor had not […]

Privatisations

Wilde Sapte acted for the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office in transferring loans made by the Housing Corporation in England and Housing for Wales to a private sector special purpose vehicle Orchardbrook

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