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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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Construction reforms greeted with scepticism

THE construction industry – famed for its long and complicated disputes – has taken a dim view of the new legislation which has been designed to improve the situation, according to a survey carried out by Cameron Mckenna. Just 16 per cent of the industry was pleased with the new Construction Act. And the survey […]

Addleshaws wins Games work

ADDLESHAW Booth & Co has beaten off its Manchester rivals to be appointed legal adviser to the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games to be held in the city in 2002. The Addleshaws team, led by IP head Robert Stoker, will advise on broadcasting rights, sponsorship and merchandising contracts, and infringement issues. The firm won […]

In brief: Clarke speaks at Berwins launch

Kenneth Clarke MP, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, addressed a gathering of senior business figures at the Law Society last week. The meeting was organised by Berwin Leighton to launch its new publication Euro-Ready? – a business guide to economic and monetary union, with a foreword written by Clarke.

NHSLA keeps panel of law firms on its toes

LAW firms on the National Health Service Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) medical negligence panel have attacked as a waste of money a controversial “gatekeeping” scheme which brings in other law firms to scrutinise their work. The scheme was originally introduced by the NHSLA two years ago to help it slash its panel from 90 to 18, […]

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