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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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Birds Eye sues distributor

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It has been a bad week for:

Lord Hoffmann, whose connections with Amnesty International threatened to throw the Pinochet affair into further chaos. Pinochet’s lawyers have lodged an appeal against a House of Lords decision that Pinochet did not have sovereign immunity, believed to relate to allegations of Hoffmann’s perceived bias. Designers of a futuristic magistrates’ court building in Southampton, whose u13m […]

Mathews slams Irvine over rights of audience

The Law Society has accused the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, of grabbing too much power by giving himself the right to decide who is granted rights of audience in court. President Michael Mathews has joined leading judges in criticising the Lord Chancellor for taking the power previously held by an independent body like the Advisory […]

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Steel and Morris:Every lawyer's nightmare

Helen Steel and Dave Morris When London Greenpeace activists Helen Steel and Dave Morris were accused of libelling restaurant chain McDonald’s, no one dreamt it would lead to the longest trial in English legal history. Shaun Pye meets the McLibel defence as the duo prepare to enter the Court of Appeal. Observing a recent directions […]

Prisoners' rights to condoms reviewed

Roger Pearson reports on the High Court decision to give the go-ahead to a case campaigning for access to condoms in jail. The right of prisoners to have access to condoms is to be debated in the High Court. The ground-breaking case is being brought by former prisoner Glen Fielding, a long-time campaigner for all […]

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