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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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Debevoise & Plimpton executive Howard Rosenberg has been appointed chief executive officer of legal professional services provider FRS Insight, owned by Fox Rodney Search. Rosenberg has joined the company from Debevoise, where he was a business development strategist for private equity for over a year. He previously worked as a chief strategy officer and executive […]

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Mergers in the legal world are not rare and they may yet become commonplace. So says a recent report into consolidation in the legal marketplace*. Ninety-five per cent of more than 100 of The Lawyer’s UK 200 that responded to a recent survey forecast further consolidation in the top tier over the next two years. […]

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Offshore firms report buoyant revenue rises in strong 2014

The offshore legal market has seen another year of growth, The Lawyer can reveal, with turnover rising by an average of 13.8 per cent among those firms which disclose it. The annual Offshore Top 30 report, published today, shows that headcount has continued to grow among the 30 largest firms operating in the key offshore […]

AstraZeneca strikes drug discovery collaboration deal with Orca Pharmaceuticals

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co life sciences experts have advised long-standing client AstraZeneca on a three-year drug discovery collaboration agreement with Orca Pharmaceuticals. The agreement will give AstraZeneca access to inhibitors of acid-related orphan nuclear receptor gamma (RORg) developed by Orca Pharmaceuticals with the potential to treat a range of autoimmune disorders. The collaboration combines the scientific […]

Gibson Dunn partner faces cross-examination over falsified evidence claim in Djibouti case

A Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner is facing a High Court cross-examination over allegations he submitted falsified documents to the courts in a case between the Djibouti government and one of its wealthiest citizens, it emerged this week. Dubai-based partner Peter Gray was instructed by the Djibouti government in its case against businessman Abdourahman Boreh, […]

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