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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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In brief: Dundas & Wilson

Dundas & Wilson is poaching a construction litigation partner from Simpson & Marwick. Partner Andrew Renton is leaving the firm after 10 years to focus on property and public sector litigation at D&W, which is affiliated with accountants Arthur Andersen.

CC seeks IT compatibility for merger

Clifford Chance is updating its IT system – and is on the lookout for one that will be compatible with the technology used by proposed merger partner, US firm Rogers & Wells. Clifford Chance has yet to make a decision on which practice management system it will eventually choose, but Chris Hoad, senior development manager […]

Relief sought on Norfolk land

A case of “retirement relief” in respect of capital gains tax on the sale of business land has come before the Appeal Court. Judgment has been reserved in a case in which the family of a deceased Norfolk man has challenged a February 1997 High Court ruling over farm land in Norfolk. The court held […]

AVMA ends exclusive agreement

Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA) is extending its exclusive insurance arrangement with Litigation Protection to include both Amicus Legal and Saturn Professional Risks. Since 1996, Litigation Protection has offered discounted policies solely to lawyers on AVMA’s panel and the charity has handled the insurer’s risk assessment. An AVMA spokesman says the charity has […]

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