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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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Thug waged grudge war on solicitor

A SOLICITOR received threatening letters and telephone calls and had his car and home vandalised during a two-year hate campaign by a man with a mystery grudge. Richard Thornton, a partner with Leamington firm Blythe Liggins, received a stream of hate mail. The persecutor also daubed Thornton’s house in Warwick and his car with anti-semitic […]

Injection of young blood for Council

CORNWALL-BASED Helen Davies has swept on to the Law Society Council with massive support in the first by-election since Martin Mears was elected to the presidency. At 31, Davies, who works for the Launceston firm Parnall Langsford, will be the youngest member of the council when she takes her seat at next week’s council meeting. […]

Association triggers row over CRE ethnic figures

THE RIGHT-WING Freedom Association has been accused of petty behaviour over its “expose” of inaccurate figures on the percentage of ethnic minority lawyers. A factsheet published by the Commission of Racial Equality (CRE) had to be withdrawn after the pressure group complained that it was misleading. Association director Gerald Hartup pointed out that the sheet […]

Consenting to the scalpel

Roger Pearson A RECENT out-of-court settlement, rumoured to be five figures, has prompted renewed calls from pressure groups for the law regarding medical treatment to be tightened up. Frances Henton went into hospital for the removal of an ovarian cyst and came to after the operation to find she had undergone an abdominal hysterectomy to […]

Firm leads the way in finance deals for housing

TROWERS & Hamlins is celebrating the achievement of an impressive stranglehold on the public housing market after helping a housing association raise £105 million in the largest venture of its kind. The firm says it has now helped the housing movement raise £5 billion of private finance, amounting to more than 60 per cent of […]

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