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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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Private client and family

After months of headline-grabbing, record-setting divorce cases and discrimination disputes, such as the £48m Charman divorce award, private client and family law still remain in a state of flux. In July the Law Commission revealed recommendations for cohabiting couples who split up, saying they should be given the equivalent rights as divorcing couples, while the […]

Ashton Morton to work off £1.45m in miner fees

Sheffield firm Ashton Morton Slack has been forced to repay £1.45m of the money it has made from representing sick miners. The repayment is the result of a High Court ruling earlier this year that firms had been overpaid for processing claims. However, the firm will offset the money against future miners’ scheme-related earnings rather […]

Scotland

Two firms stand out in the Scottish peer group this year, but for very different reasons. Dundas & Wilson posted robust turnover growth but a static average profit per equity partner (PEP), while Brodies had an exceptional year, with revenue rising by an enviable 43 per cent coupled with a decent 13 per cent hike […]

Silent partners make some noise

In the wake of recent market volatility, restructuring partners have been thrust into the media spotlight once again. After several years of a bull market, these lawyers have been able to slink into the shadows and leave the headline-grabbing to their high-flying corporate and banking counterparts. While it has been easy for these partners to […]

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Cohabitation laws too expensive, says Haworth & Nutall

Blackburn-based firm Haworth & Nuttall has claimed that changes to cohabitation laws will “fall at the first hurdle” due to extra costs. The firm claims that the recent report by the Law Commission, which calls for couples to have financial protection similar to married couples if they split up, will result in costs that are […]

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