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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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Lerach looks to reverse court’s Enron ruling

San Diego-based law firm Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins has vowed to challenge a US court ruling that the multibillion-dollar class action filed by the Enron investors against the energy company’s banks must be thrown out. William Lerach, the lead partner for the investors, said the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New […]

HBJ launches Glasgow transport group

Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has launched a shipping and transport group at the firm’s Glasgow office. The Glasgow operation will provide advice to the firm’s existing client base in the West of Scotland. The move into Glasgow follows on the back of the hire of Birmingham-based logistics and transport partner Buddug Williams from Shakespeares […]

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In-house lawyers are widely sceptical of their external advisers’ bills, according to one of the largest-ever surveys of in-house counsel undertaken. According to the findings, which were gathered from research carried out earlier this year by The Lawyer in association with YouGov, 69 per cent of in-house counsel surveyed have experienced someone padding bills. However, […]

Ogier joins influx of offshore law firms into Dubai

Ogier is the latest offshore firm to announce a plan to establish an office in Dubai. The firm has informed clients of its intention by email, asking for support when the office is set up in the Middle East jurisdiction. London-based partners Gray Smith and Charles Grime have been in Dubai on a reconnaissance mission […]

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