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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 brings in bonuses on back of revenue hike

Baker & McKenzie has introduced a new bonus scheme for all UK staff after preliminary figures revealed a 9 per cent increase in London revenue to break the £100m barrier for the first time. London managing partner Gary Senior said the new bonus scheme, introduced from 1 July, would provide all fee-earners and support staff […]

Hunt slams government interference in Legal Services Board

The committee scrutinising the draft Legal Services Bill today (25 July) warned that the current proposals will harm the independence of the legal profession. The joint committee, led by Beachcroft former senior partner Lord Hunt of Wirral, said in its report published today that many of the Bill’s proposals will potentially harm the reputation of […]

DLA Piper grows in Italy with raid on Carnelutti

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has upgraded its Italian technology, media and communications (TMC) practice with the hire of a partner from demerged McDermott Will & Emery firm Carnelutti. Giangiacomo Olivi becomes head of TMC at DLA Piper in Italy. He specialises in the preparation and negotiation of distribution, licence and output and audiovisual production […]

Silks: The full list of new QCs

The ranks of female and solicitor-advocate QCs have been swelled by a record number of new appointments in the first round of the revamped silk application process. Nearly half of the 68 female applicants were awarded silk, with the 33 women practising across a wide range of areas. Previously the highest number of women to […]

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Stephen McNamara: Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council head of legal Stephen McNamara is a staunch defender of his city and his council. Jon Parker reports Working for Bristol City Council is never going to make his fortune, says head of legal and democratic services Stephen McNamara, but he knows which side his bread is buttered. “We don’t earn six-figure […]

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