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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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Clifford Chance is the latest City firm to lose fee earners to US firms. Brown & Wood has snapped up capital markets specialist Michael Doran as a partner in its London office, while Shearman & Sterling has lured arbitration and litigation lawyers Christopher Colbridge and Rajinder Bassi. Shearman & Sterling is extending its international arbitration […]

In brief: The Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board expects that up to 200 immigration firms will fail to meet franchising standards before contracts begin in January 2000. A report by the LAB last week found serious abuse among immigration firms and predicted that of the 950-odd currently practising, only 750 will survive franchising. To fill the shortfall, the LAB […]

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