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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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Open minds on open market for SIF

LET there be no mistake large commercial law firms are very angry about what has happened at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). And they have good reason. The figures show that under SIF large firms (which tend to have good claims records) have consistently been subsidising smaller firms (which are more likely to have bad […]

…but forges ahead with block contract advice plans

LEGAL aid solicitors have reacted with shock to Lord Irvine’s announcement last week that he wants to replace the existing green form advice and assistance pilots with an exclusive contracting scheme by the end of 1999. No research has been published from the two pilots now operating for private firms and voluntary organisations, but Lord […]

Freshfields defends role in Lloyd's-Equitas deal

Freshfields has denied any potential conflict of interest in its unusual role advising both the Lloyd’s Corporation and Equitas in negotiations for Equitas to take on the £570m reinsurance liability of Lioncover. Lioncover was set up in 1987 to take on millions of pounds in liabilities from the Peter Cameron Webb (PCW) syndicates which were […]

Partner wins unfair dismissal claim against Finchley firm

A salaried partner at a North Finchley firm who was sacked after demanding £2,800 in commission has won his claim for unfair dismissal at North London Industrial Tribunal. John Getling, a salaried partner for three and a half years at general commercial practice Peter Brown & Co, told the tribunal, held last November, that after […]

In brief: Channel 4 chairman stays at Macfarlanes

Vanni Treves, recently appointed as chairman of Channel 4, will continue as senior partner at Macfarlanes, where he is midway through his fourth three-year term. He concedes that his recent appointment was a surprise to some but said his wide experience of business and regulatory matters was crucial to his selection.

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