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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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Blue-chip shares fall could gift City firms more work

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Resolution GC quits in wake of Pearl takeover

Resolution general counsel Randal Barker has left the company following its takeover by Pearl Group. Barker, ;who ;joined ­Resolution as its first head of legal in 2005, is ­understood to be mulling a new role, while Pearl is expected to appoint a new legal chief in October. Sources close to Pearl said Barker left the […]

Knowles seeks new term as DLA chief

DLA Piper chief executive Nigel Knowles is bidding to extend his leadership of the firm until 2012 and will stand for re-election at the end of the year. Knowles’s term as joint chief executive is due to end in December, when his re-election will be put to a partner vote. It is understood that Knowles, […]

Opinion: Stagg payout – a unique amount for a unique case

News that Colin Stagg, the man wrongfully accused of the 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common, received £706,000 in Home Office compensation met with a mixed response in the media, but is all the more timely given that Barry George, wrongfully convicted of killing Jill Dando, is also awaiting compensation. Whatever George is […]

BLP hires Barclays banker for finance push

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is looking to bulk up its finance client list with the hire of former Barclays banker Peter Harvey as a consultant. Harvey, who was previously vice-chair of UK banking at Barclays, is to take up the part-time position for an indefinite period on 1 October. He will work with head of […]

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