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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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With just weeks until the general election the Government has managed to squeeze in some 11th hour changes to UK employment law, changes which are hugely diverse in nature but the individual and collective effects of which will be potentially far-reaching for employers. Shirley Wright, partner at Eversheds has commented. Wright remarked that a number […]

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Five Watson Farley public law lawyers join Wragge Lawrence Graham in Paris

A five-strong public law team from international law firm Watson Farley & Williams has joined Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s Paris office. Partners Jérôme Pentecoste and Emmanuel Paillard join the firm, along with associates Julie Vuagnoux and Paul Peyret and assistant Sonia Gomez. Pentecoste has worked with public authorities, private operators and financial institutions for 20 years, and has extensive experience of PPP. Advising key […]

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