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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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EU’s directive on unfair commercial practices lobbied for change

An alliance of three global business organisations has called for widespread changes to the EU’s proposed directive on unfair commercial practices, saying the current draft “undermines legal certainty and confidence in cross-border trade”. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Eurocommerce and EU organisation Unice have called on the European Parliament to substantially amend the directive . […]

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Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, has launched a full-scale review of its external legal panel. According to well-placed sources, firms, including those not on the existing panel, were asked to submit their tender documents to Ofgem earlier this month. The regulator’s current legal panel comprises Brodies, Burges Salmon, Maclay Murray & Spens, Nabarro Nathanson, […]

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