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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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Ashurst finance partner quits for Davis Polk

Davis Polk & Wardwell has picked up Ashurst finance partner Nick Benham, in the latest in a string of departures from the UK firm. Benham is the fourth partner to leave Ashurst in the past month. Yesterday, it emerged that corporate partner Eavan Saunders Cole was leaving, ultimately to join Irish firm William Fry following […]

S Chelvan of No5 Chambers gives comment to BBC on gay asylum seekers case

S Chelvan of No5 Chambers analysed the impact of a case concerning three gay asylum seekers on the BBC World Service Newshour program on 7 November.  The case — C-199/12, C-200/12, C-201/12 – X, Y, Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel — concerned three gay asylum seekers from Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda. The court held […]

Does ‘all monies’ mean all monies?

By Rebecca Mauleverer Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal, in National Merchant Buying Society Ltd v Bellamy and Another, held that an all-monies, continuing guarantee, given when there was an existing specific obligation, was not discharged by a subsequent variation. A guarantor’s liability under a guarantee is a secondary obligation and is contingent on […]

Lloyds’ outsourcing u-turn

The path to outsourcing is not a smooth one for banking giant Lloyds. In July The Lawyer revealed that the bank was looking to outsource its retail & wealth and asset finance litigation teams to a panel firm, a bombshell that saw the project hastily put on hold. But the review, known internally as Project […]

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