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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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Labour plan 'constructive'

THE LAW Society may support abolition of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee (Aclec) and slashing QC’s fees on legal aid cases if an in-coming Labour Government was to include these moves in its policy. These changes are among a raft of proposals in Labour’s widely-supported consultation paper ‘Access to Justice, Labour’s Proposals for Regenerating the […]

EC moves on lawyers' rights

AFTER more than two years in the pipeline the European Commission has adopted a draft directive on the rights of establishment for foreign lawyers. The long-awaited move has been welcomed by lawyers in Europe, who say the topic will now be publicly debated for the first time. The directive was scheduled for discussion by the […]

Foots steps into London office

SOUTH West firm Foot & Bowden has opened an office in London to step up its drive for new business. The firm will use its new base to cope with its national and international work and is also offering a court agency service to provincial practices. Partner Gary Streeter MP will oversee the London operation, […]

Local authority legal advice may be 'worthless' say Westminster Tories

ADVICE from local authority lawyers could prove worthless in future if the District Auditor in the Westminster homes-for-votes case sticks to his original view, it is claimed. Councillors across the country will run the risk of surcharge even if they follow legal officers’ instructions, according to Westminster’s Conservatives. But solicitor Graham French, who represents the […]

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