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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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Thyssen case setback as Patten joins bench

One of the Commonwealth’s most expensive litigation cases ever has been left without a key player in the defence team after Nicholas Patten QC was invited to become a judge. Patten, of 9 Old Square Chambers, was lead counsel for the trustees in the Thyssen case, which involves control over the family’s £1.2bn industrial empire. […]

It’s been a bad week for…

A pound of spuds, which will land a Sunderland greengrocer in court. Steven Thoburn is the first trader to be prosecuted for continuing to use pounds and ounces to serve customers. The market stall owner refused to use the metric system which is a requirement under European law. After allegedly ignoring a warning to switch […]

Nabarro Nathanson

Nabarro Nathanson represented Henderson Investors on behalf of Pearl Assurance on the euro400m (£244.8m) acquisition of a portfolio of shopping centres in Europe. The 14 centres, valued at up to euro225m (£137.7m), are located across the continent. Partner Kevin Stimpson led a team of six, assisted by Simon Staite and Nick Collins, which worked alongside […]

Scottish legal aid system breaches human rights

In a test case, Fort William Sheriff, Colin McKay ruled that two Mallaig fishermen could not receive a fair trial because the £500 cap on legal aid fees in Scotland limited their access to justice. The two defendants, who had denied a racially aggravated assault on a Spanish fisherman, were allowed to walk free, although […]

One amazing client

Vincent Denham says stringent quality assurance tests are needed to assess legal service delivery It is not yet certain whether posterity will smile upon Simmons & Simmons for having urged the survival of the Dome, but the firm’s insolvency team is certainly happy. Their role is now central to one of the biggest political rows […]

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