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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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Squire Sanders takes over US rival in CIS

US firm Steptoe & Johnson has given up its eastern European foothold by handing over its last remaining offices to rival firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey. The offices concerned are Steptoe & Johnson’s 13-lawyer Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) practices, based in Moscow and Almaty in Kazakhstan. The loss of these offices brings nearly a […]

Stephens Innocent duo quit

Two partners are quitting seven-partner Stephens Innocent, the media-friendly law firm run by flamboyant senior partner Mark Stephens. Stuart Lockyear is to join Davenport Lyons as an intellectual property litigator, with copyright partner Robin Fry heading in-house to join an internet start-up company. One leading media lawyer reports being approached by a number of other […]

The Lawyer award winner gets top job

Another winner at this year’s The Lawyer Awards has netted a senior post – this time at Midlands commercial firm Lee Crowder. Birmingham commercial lawyer Andrew Sparrow has left his post as head of corporate services at Cartwright & Lewis to become an equity partner at Lee Crowder. Sparrow is the author of two interactive […]

In brief: Orchard

Orchard has lost a founding partner to Cardiff firm Palser Grossman. Commercial litigation and employment law specialist Bethan Darwin will join the commercial litigation team at Palsers along with a new associate from Clifford Chance, Jonathan Geen, and an assistant solicitor from Withers Gillian Hogan.

Eversheds in mourning after partner found dead

EVERSHEDS is mourning the loss of leading construction partner John Bolton, who was found dead at his desk last week. Bolton, who was seriously injured in the 1997 Southall train crash, died last Wednesday, just two days after the inquiry into the rail disaster opened. Bolton joined Eversheds’ Bristol office as a construction law partner […]

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