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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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Clifford Chance has kicked off the election process to find the replacement for current senior partner Stuart Popham. So far only tax partner Jonathan Elman has formally announced that he will stand for the role, but other potential candidates are beginning to emerge. London-based finance partner Malcolm Sweeting and Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli have […]

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Work Life Quiz: Juan Carlos Machuca, Uría Menéndez

What time do you usually leave the office? It’s always dark outside. What was your first-ever job? Being a terrible waiter in my parents’ home town, although my friends quite enjoyed having me on the other side of the bar. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? My worst experience was drafting the minutes […]

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There are few bigger shoes to fill in the City than those of Stuart Popham, but that’s the challenge facing the (un)lucky person who ultimately emerges as Clifford Chance’s new senior partner (see story). Popham, by general consensus, has made the role his own over the course of the past eight years, creating an address […]

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Charles Russell terminates clin neg

Charles Russell has pulled out of clinical ­negligence work after a series of raids left it bereft of any partners in the ­practice. The firm will also scale down its personal injury (PI) practice, maintaining just one specialist PI lawyer to service its private client base. A firm spokesman ­confirmed: “We’re not going to do clinical negligence anymore.” Penningtons hit the firm for […]

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