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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 […]

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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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The Variety Club will hold its annual legal gastronomic evening at The Dorchester, Park Lane, on 23 May. Executive chef at The Dorchester Henry Brosi, along with two other top chefs, will prepare six courses for the dinner, which aims to raise funds for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the UK. Since its formation […]

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Is it just a coincidence that a corporate finance star who goes by the name of ‘Colin Davenport’ has decided to join a Manchester firm called ‘Berg’ Legal? A strange similarity of face, a four-letter word beginning with ‘B’? How many clues do you need? “My fellow Manchesterians,” said Davenport (allegedly) on joining, “we look […]

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