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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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What a shambles. Last month the Thyssen trial – the most expensive in legal history – collapsed when the judge resigned after not securing a better pay package. Since then, the whole thing has descended into bitter recriminations. Such angst, together with the sad death of defendant counsel 52 year-old Trevor Philipson QC (who himself […]

Osborne Westphalen Alliance splits

The Osborne Westphalen Alliance (OWA) will cease to exist following a breakdown in relations between German firm Graf von Westphalen and Osborne Clarke. Talks were abandoned after the integration process slowed and Osborne Clarke made an offer to a number of partners in the Cologne office of Graf von Westphalen. Nine partners from Graf von […]

A&O wins insolvency partners in New York

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) New York office is hiring two insolvency partners from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, providing the firm with a restructuring capability in New York for the first time. David Frauman and Ken Coleman resigned from Cadwalader at the beginning of last week and are expected to start at A&O today (30 April). […]

Perkins Coie expands in China with Beijing office

Seattle firm Perkins Coie is ramping up its China capability by adding a Beijing office. The technology law firm, which already has an office in Hong Kong, has been granted a licence a year after its application. Last year Perkins Coie took on a team of corporate partners from Baker & McKenzie in Beijing, including […]

Case book Judgments

Amoco (UK) Exploration Co & ors v (1) Teesside Gas Transportation Ltd (2) Imperial Chemcial Industries Plc & ors (4/4/01) HL Lords: Bingham, Hoffmann, Hope, Hobhouse and Scott Case related to the construction of an agreement for the transportation of natural gas from the North Sea to Teesside. Herbert Smith instructed Gordon Pollock QC of […]

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