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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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Hilco pokes head above parapet to take part in Allders profit glut

Mysterious parent Epsilon makes estimated £640m profit thanks to Enterprise Act. By Helen Power The collapse of Allders in January has put the spotlight on little-known restructuring retail specialist Hilco. The UK division Hilco is part of a consortium of investors that bought up Lehman Brothers’ debt in Allders. Further details of the consortium, which […]

Pinsents City chief moves to Kirkpatrick

Pinsent Masons’ joint London managing partner and national head of corporate has quit to join Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. Pinsent Masons‘ joint London managing partner and national head of corporate has quit to join Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. Martin Lane, who was named Pinsents’ joint London managing partner alongside Martin Roberts in December 2004 following last […]

Walker Morris victorious in Bradford City FC case

Walker Morris‘s sports team has won a crucial football case with major repercussions for the lucrative football transfer market. Partners Chris Caisley and David Hinchliffe led the team advising Bradford City Football Club in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against a decision of Fifa’s Players’ Statute Committee. The case […]

EDF chooses Lovells to advise on credit facility

Lovells’ Paris office has acted for Electricite de France (EDF) on a new credit facility, underlining the power of the borrowers in the European loan markets. At e6bn (£4.17bn), the multi-currency revolving credit facility is one of the largest in the market. EDF is the latest in a growing number of borrowers to refinance its […]

Oxfam asks City firms to help put stop to poverty

For the first time Oxfam is looking to mobilise the skills and influence of City lawyers as part of a radical campaign to eradicate Third World poverty. The ‘Making Poverty History’ initiative will see City lawyers join forces with Oxfam – among other non-government organisations – to provide pro bono advice on international trade, debt, […]

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