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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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Gomez-Acebo signs former Endesa CFO

Spanish independent firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has brought in the former chief financial officer of energy giant Endesa as a part-time consultant. José Luis Palomo will join the firm’s advisory board, working three days a week. He quit Endesa in the summer after a 16-year stint at the company. The firm will use his experience […]

Nominet plans to slash expert fees

UK domain name registrar Nominet is considering changes to its dispute resolution policy that could see it reduce fees by more than two-thirds for its expert decision service. An expert decision costs the claimant £750, whether the claim is contested or not. But now Nominet is considering lowering that fee to £200 if the other […]

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It is somewhat disheartening that out of the 100-odd law firms in the City, only three managed to secure places on The Times‘ ‘Top 50 Places for Women to Work’ list released last week. The chosen firms – Addleshaw Goddard, Clifford Chance and Eversheds – may have made the list, but like most of their […]

London must stop over-regulating conflicts

Imagine this: MegaCo needs greater resources so it can expand. It decides to pursue a dual strategy – it will invite offers, but at the same time it will prepare for an IPO. It instructs MediumFirm on the possible sale and BigFirm on the IPO. Voracious Inc wants to buy MegaCo. It asks BigFirm, its […]

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