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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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Rock 'n' roll lawyers: niche work if you can get it

NICHE law firms have the music industry carved up among themselves and have pole position in advising virtually all the top UK stars. It may only be rock ‘n’ roll, but with total revenues in excess of $40 billion worldwide and retail sales trebling in just a decade, pop music is proving one of the […]

LAPG calls for action on quality

THE JOINT leaders of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group have called on the Law Society to seize back the quality initiative by introducing more specialist panels and pushing ahead with quality accreditation. In a message to their group, co-chairs Jon Lloyd and Bill Montague have accused the profession of being “too slow off the mark […]

First in copyright queue

It has recently come to my notice that you reported that “Eversheds has become the first major law firm to gain a “Copyright Licensing Agency licence” . I would like to point out that this firm took out a business licence with CLA effective from 1st March 1995. Whether that makes us the “first major […]

Court backs CCBE stand on home title

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice has handed down a judgment supporting the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union in its majority opinion on establishment. The judgment, which interpreted the 1977 Directive on Lawyers’ Services and Article 52 of the Treaty of Rome, came after the Italian Bar attempted to prevent German […]

In brief: New senior partner for maritime firm

Litigation department head Harvey Williams last week took over as senior partner of international maritime firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley, filling the shoes of John Morris who stepped down after 20 years in the position. Williams, a qualified master mariner, became a partner with the firm in 1971 and specialised in charter party, contract and […]

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