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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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Case of the Week

“Frankenstein foods” suffered a setback when eco-warriors Jacqueline Sheedy and Elizabeth Snook walked free from Plymouth Crown Court. The pair, represented by Mark Schwartz of Bindman & Partners, had originally faced charges of causing u605,000 worth of criminal damage after joining a 20-strong group of protesters scything down a crop of genetically-modified maize with machetes […]

St Philip's manager defects to rival set

The practice manager at the biggest chambers in the country has quit. Robin Butchard has left his post at St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham to become senior clerk at the chambers of Andrew Campbell QC at 10 Park Square in Leeds. Butchard’s departure comes just two weeks after St Philip’s lost senior junior Richard Perks […]

In brief: Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn

Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn, the French inter-national firm, has poached an international litigation team from its Parisian rivals Jeantet & Associes. Partner Bruno Leurent is taking colleagues Nathalie Meyer-Fabre and Marina Legrand with him. Leurent is currently acting as chairman on a panel of Commissioners at the UN Claim Commission in Geneva which is deciding […]

Case review body hits out at committee criticism

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has hit back at a Home Affairs committee’s accusation that its too-thorough approach to investigating cases is helping cause “unacceptable delays” in the system. As predicted by The Lawyer (8 February), the committee’s report demands a shake up of the CCRC’s methods, claiming the CCRC – which looks into […]

Firms capitalise on publishing sector

SJ Berwin, Freshfields and Clifford Chance are among a host of firms cashing in on the volatile publishing sector. SJ Berwin acted for international publishing house The Future Network on its #577.5m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Its team was led by corporate finance partner Steven Davis and included corporate finance partners John Daghlian […]

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