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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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Charging clients by the hour does not pay

Centuries ago, some lawyer came up with the idea of charging for his services by the hour. At the time, this was probably a novel concept. It seemed to work well enough and it has certainly withstood the test of time. One has to wonder, however, whether hourly billing has outlived its usefulness. In our […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructures global management

As Freshfields reveals its new-look management system, Julia Cahill and Catrin Griffiths report on the rising stars. FRESHFIELDS Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a new structure of global practice heads and an elected partnership council. Global heads for seven practice areas took up their new roles on 1 August. In an attempt to reflect the Anglo-German […]

Manches partners to vote on bonus in bid to boost results…

MANCHES is considering a bonus scheme for its solicitors and some fixed-share partners in a bid to boost results. The scheme is up for approval by Manches’ 48 partners in October. Salaries at the firm were increased by around 20 per cent this year, but the firm’s size remained fairly static during that period. Support […]

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in 1992 Baileys Motor Works contracted with D&K Electronics (which subsequently went out of business) to install a burglar alarm, including the provision of an alarm monitoring service. The monitoring element of the contract was subcontracted to HSS Alarms. That contract included a clause whereby HSS would indemnify D&K for loss resulting from HSS’s negligence, […]

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They lined up against the internet upstart. From record company giants under the guise of the Recording Industry Association of America to heavy rockers Metallica, the great, the good and the bad of the music establishment decided that Napster must be stopped. And when a federal judge issued an injunction, it looked like they had […]

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