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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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Bakers revamps City management team as Evason stands down

Baker & McKenzie has rejigged its London office management committee with the election of IP partner Paul Rawlinson Rawlinson replaces employment partner John Evason, who stands down after three years in the role. Evason this week features in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011 as a result of his work for long-term client British Airways (BA). […]

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The cast for the latest Star Wars epic is still being thrashed out, but with George Lucas already in place, was there ever any doubt that it would be a star-studded affair? Sure enough, stepping into the Han Solo role comes Jonathan Sumption QC  (see story), a man whose skills as a litigator are said […]

Reed Smith promotes four London lawyers in 25-strong global round

Reed Smith has promoted 25 lawyers to its partnership as part of its annual round of promotions, including four based in London. The four new City partners are Marcus Dodds and William Howard in shipping, Panos Katsambas in the financial industry group, and Rosanne Kay in the European and Middle East commercial disputes team. A […]

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SNR Denton signs up Hammonds’ Hong Kong arm for local launch

SNR Denton has launched in Hong Kong with the assimilation of a new member firm that was previously the Hong Kong office of Squire Sanders Hammonds legacy firm Hammonds. The firm, Brandt Chan & Partners, announced last year that it would split from Hammonds once the tie-up with US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey went […]

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