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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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Antipodean lessons

High Court judges in New Zealand could be sent back to school after a report in the country recommended a judicial studies institute be established to educate judges and other court staff. The report, prepared by a committee of senior judges, said that at present newly-appointed High Court judges were forced to learn on the […]

Deacons adopts new name in Pacific

THE ASIA-PACIFIC association between Hong Kong firm Deacons, Australia’s Sly & Weigall and US practice Graham & James has gone a step further with the three taking on a joint name in the region. The practice, now known as Deacons Graham & James, was renamed last month, three years after the association began. The Sly […]

Barnes denies support for Mears' plans

LEGAL Services Ombudsman Michael Barnes has rebutted attempts by Law Society president Martin Mears to enlist him as an ally in the battle to reform the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. An article in the 3 October issue of The Lawyer highlighted Mears’ attempt to claim the ombudsman’s support over the SCB’s impending reform, following Barnes’ proposal […]

Survival tactics

Management consultants often recommend that businesses should diversify to survive, and this may be relevant advice for barristers in their working practices. Although parts of the Bar thrive on their particular specialisms, there are certain chambers which have diversified geographically and set up annexes or associated chambers elsewhere in the country. Individual barristers can also […]

Freshfields appoints Markland as first Asia managing partner

LONDON-BASED Freshfields partner Ruth Markland is returning to Asia after six years in the UK to become the firm’s first-ever managing partner for the region. Markland moves out at the end of the month to assume control of Freshfields’ Asian network, which covers Tokyo, Hong Kong/China, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. From […]

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