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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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Roger Pearson examines an employment discrimination case which strengthens workers’ rights to freedom of movement within the EU A recent employment appeal tribunal (EAT) ruling serves as a reminder to employers of the potential risk of provoking a discrimination action if they turn away job applicants on the basis of the EC country which they […]

South East Asia – Investing in a recovery

International firms are having to adapt in order to ride out the financial crisis in South-East Asia, reports Richard Tyler Faced with a grinding halt in project finance work, foreign lawyers in Singapore are staying put but are having to learn new ways to earn fees from clients. The word everyone uses is “retooling”. The […]

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