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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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VAT man faces £5 billion bill

In terms of its size, the practice of Hugh Mainprice, based in Victoria, London, is very small – a three-strong team headed by barrister-turned solicitor Mainprice and his barrister daughter Clare. But size does not always equate with status and that of Mainprice and his team is second to none in the heady world of […]

Teething troubles

Pressure from some larger City firms has brought forward the review of the Legal Practice Course. The results of the review, which has just started, will be implemented in the LPC starting in September 1997. The LPC was introduced in September 1993. It represents change (and was deliberately designed to do so) and some of […]

Fladgate Fielder checks in Regal deal

Fladgate Fielder has completed its biggest City deal by advising Regal Hotels on acquiring 60 hotels from Forte for £122 million. The transaction, completed last week, is the high point of an impressive foray into corporate finance which Fladgates launched three years ago. The firm has boosted corporate work fee income from £950,000 to nearly […]

Reunited Thompson brothers form UK personal injury giant

AFTER nearly 22 years apart, Robin Thompson & Partners and Brian Thompson & Partners reunited last week to create the largest personal injury firm in the UK. The two firms were separated for “administrative reasons” when their founders, the Thompson brothers, retired in 1974. Robin Thompson’s son, David Thompson, will chair the new partnership with […]

They're down. Now they want out

“When I joined the profession I had ideals – now I feel as though all I do is shuffle assets in one form or another from one place to another in the most appropriate and beneficial way for my clients. Some days I wonder what I am doing and I certainly wonder how I can […]

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