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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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College of Law aims to attract state school pupils into law

The College of Law and social mobility charity the Sutton Trust have donated £1.5m to a scheme to attract nonpublic-school-educated people into the law. Called ‘Pathways to Law,’ the project has been established in response to research commissioned by the Sutton Trust last year, which revealed that former public school pupils continue to dominate the […]

A&O secures rare win for Macquarie

Hats off to Macquarie for trumping its rivals on the bid for Thames Water, and hats off to Allen & Overy old hand Alan Paul for keeping the Australian bank in the fold. (See the full story.) Macquarie has used all sorts of law firms during the past couple of years, so A&O will be […]

Grapevine

Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark is a cunning chap. On the face of it, he’s presided over a firm that has shrunk its global reach over the past decade: it has closed in New York and downsized massively in Paris, transferring its French-qualified lawyers to Bredin Prat. But behind the scenes, Clark has […]

Bakers handed Unilever IP work

Unilever has continued the wide-ranging overhaul of its internal legal team with a groundbreaking outsourcing deal that will see Baker & McKenzie handle the company’s entire trademark portfolio. As first reported by The Lawyer (18 September), the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate is seeking to slash its legal bills after a re-evaluation of the way it works with […]

International Eye: Asia

UK firms enjoy Chinese market expansion Good news for UK firms looking to beef up in the Far East. Exclusive research by The Lawyer Global 100 (full report out 30 October) reveals that UK firms are the most successful in terms of increasing their representation in China. While Baker & McKenzie remains the largest foreign […]

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