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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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No such thing as free lunch

Adrian Pellman Your editorial in The Lawyer 22 August is the subject of comment by your correspondent Mr Alton (‘Cut-price will cut service’ 5 September) who said “you rightly say that, it is time for the conveyancers to give the public what they want”. He goes on to say that evidence suggests the public are […]

Moving up to the frontline

With an ambitious president and the first new executive director in 15 years, what direction is the International Bar Association going to take? Think of the IBA and you may think of a monolithic organisation which provides practical support but lacks dynamism. Its two new chief officers hope not. “Sometimes the IBA has been criticised […]

Conveyancing and the case for reform

I am labelled an outspoken critic of the proposals fronted by John Edge for the introduction of a minimum fee scale for conveyancing (The Lawyer, 14 November). Yes, I am against the proposals but I am also totally in favour of good quality conveyancing being carried out for much greater reward than it is currently […]

Behind closed doors: THE CCBe. Divided they stand on Euro legal practice

EACH week while Europe’s legislators debate the pros and cons of a single currency five of the member states’ top lawyers meet by telephone to forecast the future of the union’s legal profession. Since its establishment 35 years ago the five-member presidency of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) […]

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