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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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Troubled indemnity

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Eight Merseyside former water workers who were paid £1.2m by North West Water in compensation for developing vibration white finger. All eight were suspended from work in 1998 when they developed signs of the syndrome which is caused by working with vibrating power tools and can lead to loss of grip and constant pain. The […]

Lathams' London office lures tax partner from Watson Farley

Latham & Watkins has recruited a highly rated tax partner from Watson Farley & Williams – continuing the trend of US firms bolstering their UK tax capability. Oonagh Whitty, who has been with Watson Farley for 15 years, will work closely with the corporate finance team at Lathams’ London office and is the third high […]

Barry Francis

Fiona Callister meets Barry Francis, the managing partner of Buchanan Ingersoll, who has been working for both his old and new firms for the past ten months Barry Francis, the managing partner at Buchanan Ingersoll, has the dubious honour of being possibly the first ever lawyer to be subject to a joint custody order. When […]

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