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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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White & Case elects new managing partner

Head of the firm’s bank advisory practice since 1981, Wall – who spent six years in White and Case’s London office – was voted in unanimously and will succeed Hurlock on April 1. Heavily involved in the recent consolidation of the global banking industry, Wall has represented Deutsche Bank in its acquisition of Bankers Trust, […]

Lawrence Tucketts set for merger with Trumps

Bristol-based law firms Lawrence Tucketts and Trumps are merging to form the third largest firm in the region – rivalling Osborne Clarke and Burges Salmon. Under the structure of the new 30-partner firm, the managing partner of Trumps, Robert Bourns, and the senior partner at Lawrence Tucketts, Tim Pyper, will retain their positions. The merged […]

Powell Goldstein opens WTO office in Geneva

US firm Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy has opened an office in Geneva, home of the World Trade Organization. The Atlanta-based firm claims to have the world’s largest WTO practice. It also says it is the first US firm to open in Geneva to do only WTO work. The office, which opened last Monday, will […]

Case of the week

Although three High Court judges rejected a challenge against the Lord Chancellor’s shake-up of the legal aid system, they warned that the legal aid contracting system could face future defeat in the courts if not reformed. In a challenge to the legal aid contracting scheme – brought by solicitors Mackintosh Duncan and backed by the […]

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