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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Kirklands gears up for expansion

Chicago litigation and M&A practice Kirkland & Ellis is negotiating to expand from a third (9,000sq ft) to a whole floor of the former NatWest Tower, now the International Financial Centre, as part of a drive to double the 11-strong London office by 1999. Sam Haubold, managing partner of the firm’s London office, one of […]

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South-West firm Bond Pearce is to open an office in Bristol in a bid to take on the city’s established firms. The move follows its announcement of a merger with Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. David Gunn, chair of the firm’s business development group, said that the office would be staffed […]

Introduction fee ruled illegal in asylum case

A Somali community leader who accused a firm of reneging on a deal to pay him money for introducing asylum seekers has lost a court battle against it because even if the deal had been struck it would have been illegal. In a ruling that upholds Law Society rules preventing multi-disciplinary partnerships, Mr Justice Lightman […]

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