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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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DLA Piper’s Wilmington office receives Christopher J Battaglia Memorial Award

DLA Piper’s Wilmington office has received the Christopher J Battaglia Memorial Award, which was presented at the Delaware State Bar Association’s annual pro bono awards on 24 October. The award is named after lawyer and community advocate Christopher Battaglia and is given to law firms with the highest employee participation in the United Way Delaware Campaign, […]

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China cracks down on securities violations as several firms fined

Some of China’s largest firms, including Dacheng, JunZeJun and Jingtian & Gongcheng, are among the first to feel the pinch as the country’s stock markets regulator gets tough on accounting fraud in the domestic market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has fined one of China’s largest law firm Dacheng a total of RMB1.5m (£154,000) […]

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Asia moves: 29 October

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. Australia Former Western Australia minister for mines and petroleum, fisheries and electoral affairs, Norman Moore, has joined Minter Ellison as a consultant in Perth. With 36 years as a MP, Moore’s remit with the firm will focus on […]

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11KBW ponders future of CEO role as incumbent exits

11KBW’s first-ever chief executive David Stead is leaving the set to head up the fundraising side of Charities Aid Foundation. Stead became 11KBW’s first chief executive in January 2012, his first appointment at the bar having spent much of his career working in professional services (16 January 2012). He was brought in from Gill Jennings […]

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin names new management lineup as merger goes live

It is the first day of SJ Berwin’s $1bn merger with King & Wood Mallesons, a deal that has been a year in the making and that will eventually result in the rebranding of the now Asia headquartered firm. We spoke to King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin global co-deputy chairman (yes, we know it’s […]

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