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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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RPC advises Swedish industrial giant on acquisition of Scottish oil services company

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), the commercial law firm, advised Atlas Copco, the Sweden-based international industrial company on their purchase of Dundee-based Kolfor Plant Ltd. Kolfor is a specialty services company renting equipment to the oil and gas industries. The company has 36 employees and turnover of over £3.7m. The company rents generators, compressors, sub sea […]

Manchester blighted

Who’d be a Premier League director? Last week vandals, also known as Manchester United FC supporters, redecorated one of the club’s director’s cars. Maurice Watkins, long-time legal adviser to the once-successful outfit, found his Jaguar’s exterior had been repainted in a not unattractive Jackson Pollack style. The attack, for such it was, was naturally and […]

Opinion

The world of solicitors’ financial services has been through a profound upheaval since the Financial Services Authority (FSA) assumed responsibility for regulation. The arrival of the FSA in December 2001 was heralded by an explosion in the volume and complexity of regulatory edict and increases in the cost of doing business. At the same time, […]

Palmer to double its legal spend with Reit creation

Property venture capital company Palmer Capital Partners (PCP) will almost double its legal spend following the creation of a £250m real estate investment fund, which is claimed to be the first real estate investment trust (Reit) to be offered in the UK. PCP chief executive and legal director Christopher Digby-Bell said the company’s annual legal […]

The work-life quiz

Malcolm Price, managing partner, BPE Solicitors What was your first ever job?Saturdays at a photographers in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade. It only paid £1, but to a 14-year-old, the assistants were goddesses. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Visiting the cashier. She was fierce, ancient, sat at a high desk on a stool, wrote […]

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