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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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Solicitor struck off for property plan

A solicitor has been struck off the roll for breaching investment regulations after hundreds of investors placed up to £250,000 each in a property investment scheme he set up

Cuatrecasas plans launch in London

Magic circle Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is planning to open an office in London The Spanish firm has an alliance with Herbert Smith, but has rejected suggestions that it is opening in London to strengthen the relationship.Cuatrecasas managing partner Rafael Fontana said: “We’re planning to open in London soon, either in 2002 or the beginning of […]

Corporate summary

Field Fisher Waterhouse (Marie-Caroline Frochot, David Wilkinson, Mark Sellers, Belinda Benney) advised French group Castel Frères on its purchase of off-license group Oddbins from the Seagram Group, now owned by Diageo and Pernod Ricard. Macfarlanes acted for Pernod Ricard and Slaughter & May for Diageo. Gouldens (James Goold, Adam Greaves) advised Sovereign Capital on its […]

Builders group modifies panel

The National Federation of Builders has drastically overhauled its legal panel following a review, introducing 13 new firms The shake-up comes amid claims from former panel firms that the federation has started to levy charges for panel places.Six firms, including construction specialist Masons and national giants Wragge & Co and Bond Pearce, have been cut […]

Laws of motion

With transport issues fast becoming the Government’s new bugbear, Kerrie Dawson rounds up the latest legal developments and decisions concerning land, sea and air Safety at seathe Safety of commercial passenger ships has hit the headlines in recent years, particularly as a result of disasters such as the sinking of the cross-Channel car ferry the […]

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