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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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Irish Ucits can now enter into physical short selling arrangements, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for investors In October 2007 further investment strategy opportunities became available to Irish-domiciled Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (Ucits) funds, when the Irish Financial Regulator issued a revised guidance note clarifying that Ucits will now […]

Clifford Chance launches in Abu Dhabi

Clifford Chance launches in Abu Dhabi” />Clifford Chance plans to open in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The new office, which is waiting for regulatory approval, will be the firm’s second base in the Middle East after its 74-lawyer presence in Dubai. Clifford Chance’s Gulf managing partner, Graham Lovett, said: “The […]

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Disability: the final frontier?

How do attitudes towards recruiting and retaining people with disabilities compare with gender and ethnic equality? Karin Pappenheim, CEO of Employment Opportunities examines the latest developments in diversity employment in the legal sector. In a sector that demands continual improvements to stand out from the competition, law firms are realising the need to create a […]

Media lobbies Govt to introduce libel cap

Twenty two media groups have joined forces to lobby the Government for a cap on the exponential costs in libel cases. The body, including organisations such as Associated Newspapers and the BBC, submitted recommendations to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in response to the Government’s consultation on conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) in publication proceedings. Reynolds […]

White & Case London revenue boosted by 37 per cent

White & Case‘s London office has boosted revenue 37 per cent from $172.2m in 2006 to $235.7m in 2007 despite market volatility in the second half of the year. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) in London grew by 19 per cent from $1.276m at the end of 2006 up to $1.528m. White & Case […]

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