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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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Allen & Overy boosts NY outfit with two partners

Allen & Overy‘s New York office has hired two partners from Morgan Lewis & Bockius in a bid to compete with Clifford Chance. Ian Shrank and William Macan, both asset finance partners, moved at the end of April. Shrank says: “A&O is continuing on its path to attempt to be a global player. It realises […]

Libel laws winners in historical battle

The critics should consider the Irving case closely before passing judgement on the libel laws, writes James Libson. James Libson is a partner in the contentious media group at Mishcon de Reya and headed the team that acted for Professor Lipstadt. Two questions of interest arise out of Mr Justice Gray’s decision in the case […]

Davenport Lyons gains new head of licensing

Davenport Lyons has taken on Allen & Fraser’s highly-rated licensing partner as a department head. David Lavender is joining Davenport Lyons on 1 May as a consultant and will take over responsibility of the firm’s licensing practice from Philip Conway, head of the liquor and entertainment licensing group. Conway says: “I knew that David was […]

Richard Gerstein

Finers Stephens Innocent managing partner Richard Gerstein has given up the helm to go back to fee earning. Clair Smith talks to the litigation lawyer who will not miss the burden of management Being a managing partner does not always come with all the perks that people might expect. “I always thought that managing partners […]

Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

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