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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 ugly face of sexism

The fact that the Law Society is considering having a designated women’s seat on the council in order to alleviate sex discrimination is good news for all women in the profession. However, the debate is already retreating into sexism with the age-old claim that successful women solicitors do not want it. Sexism is obviously not […]

Getting it covered

Increase your chance of success with a good covering letter, says Ben Reeves. Ben Reeves is graduate recruitment manager at Hammond Suddards. The key to getting your traineeship application noticed is a good covering letter. The golden rule when preparing your application is to consider the person reading it. Recruitment staff spend many hours reading […]

A modern role for arbitration

Clare Ambrose assesses how the new Arbitration Act will affect the role of commercial counsel as arbitrators and advocates. Clare Ambrose is a barrister at 20 Essex Street. The Arbitration Act 1996 is a confident sign that England’s arbitration system has been fully modernised and is ready to provide efficient and speedy dispute resolution. For […]

Specialists pull plug on med neg work

DWINDLING legal aid payments and the Woolf Report recommendations have forced a Manchester firm to close its medical negligence department in what could become a trend for closures. Betesh Fox & Co shut up shop after taking a “pragmatic business decision” that medical negligence work was no longer “commercially viable”, even though the firm set […]

Are staff a tangible economic activity?

Back to basics is what the European Court of Justice (ECJ) seemed to be advocating in its celebrated decision on transfers of undertakings in Ayse Suzen v Zehnacker. This is because Suzen seemed to be returning to a fundamentalist analysis of the nature of an economic entity, and the core ingredients of a transfer in […]

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