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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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Compensate delays to cases, says Scott

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Costs expert slams legal post service for overcharging firms

A Manchester cost-reduction specialist claims that he has successfully pursued a substantial number of claims for law firms for overcharging by monopoly legal postal service Hays DX. BCR Associates director David Ballard says Hays DX has paid tens of thousands of pounds in rebates to law firms in the last five years. He says that […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz MP was born in in South Yemen in 1956. He is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General and MP to Leicester East. What was your first job? Sales assistant, household goods, Dickens & Jones, aged 16. What subject(s) did you fail at school? All science subjects. What was your first ever […]

PwC plots City firm takeover

The world’s biggest accountancy group, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is understood to be planning to buy a medium-sized City law firm this year as part of its plans to be a top five international law firm. Gerard Nicolay, global leader of PwC’s legal network, says he wants the group’s London practice to have 400 to 500 lawyers […]

In-house calls the shots

Since the end of the recession – a watershed period for legal businesses – in-house lawyers have called the shots on fees. Private practices were bending over backwards to provide companies with competitively-priced services. But they weren’t bending far enough, according to the findings of our survey. Fees are still a big bone of contention. […]

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