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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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Stephensons lands Madrid property star

CITY FIRM Stephenson Harwood has taken on a commercial property specialist in Madrid as part of its plan to double the size of the operation within two years.Spanish lawyer Javier Ibanez comes from Ernst & Young and has particular expertise in issues relating to shopping centres.Managing partner at the Madrid office Kenneth Bonavia says Ibanez […]

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White & Case has recruited a Baker & McKenzie partner and an associate to its Hungarian practice, Reczicza Law Firm White & Case.Zsuzanna Kovacs is described as a senior Hungarian lawyer by Rob Irving, joint head of the White & Case Budapest office.Kovacs was a local partner at Baker & McKenzie and joins Reczicza as […]

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The Halifax is one of the boldest and most diverse financial services businesses, with 20 million customers and assets of u145bn. It is Britain’s largest mortgage lender and, once it takes over Birmingham Midshires Building Society next month, it will be bigger still. Growth has accelerated after a succession of dramatic changes such as the […]

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