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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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The Lawyer Inquiry: Greg Leyshon

Greg Leyshon was born in Pontypridd, Wales in 1968. He is a corporate finance associate at Osborne Clarke. What was your first job? Part-time frozen food assistant at Tescos. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £12,500. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Fly half for Wales. Which […]

Law Soc secretly halves maternity practising fee

The Law Society has halved the practising certificate fee for women on maternity leave – without telling its women members. Judith Willis, chair of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS), said she welcomed the reform, which was approved by the council this July, but added: “I am disappointed that the Law Society has not seen […]

Revenue and LCD use fraud trial as scanning test bed

By Elizabeth Davidson. THE Inland Revenue and the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) are using a complex fraud case at Southwark Crown Court in London to pilot scanning technology. Prosecutors have been scanning paper copies of transcripts and witness statements onto laptop hard disks since the case began on 7 September. Pilot manager Jonathan Epelle, of […]

Legal panels face rationalisation following insurers' merger

Insurance law firms will be awaiting the outcome of the latest major shake-up in the insurance industry the £15bn Commercial Union and General Accident merger with great trepidation. Firms known to act for Commercial Union on the insurance side include Berrymans Lace Mawer, Hugh James and Weightmans. General Accident has, in the past, instructed Hammond […]

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