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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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Slaughter and May and Ashurst Morris Crisp have been appointed by Rotch Property Group as its “Level 1” advisers after completing the first phase of its panel review. The firms will advise on securitisation, capital markets, telecoms and IT work, while corporate and property “Level 2” work was awarded to Macfarlanes and Osborne Clarke. Memery […]

Herbert Smith tackles Carnival deal

Herbert Smith has acted for Carnival Corporation on its first bond issue in the Euromarkets. Finance partner Jane Borrows, assisted by associate Ruth Frederick, led the £189m issue by Carnival subsidiary Costa Finance. The work comes on the back of the corporate department, which secured Carnival as a client last year. Carnival is unusual because, […]

Matrix adds senior academics to ranks

Matrix Chambers has hired 11 King’s Bench Walk’s academic practitioner Gillian Morris, as well as four senior academics, all of whom are due to join the set as pupils over the next 18 months. The new members are Christine Chinkin, professor of international law at the London School of Economics, Andrew Choo, professor of law […]

Holland & Knight gets closer to target size with NY merger

Florida firm Holland & Knight, one of the 10 largest US firms, is merging with New York practice Gilbert Segall and Young. The merger increases the firm’s lawyer count to 130 in New York and gives it its first presence in Europe through Gilbert Segall’s Finland office. Gilbert Segall is a 30-lawyer firm focusing on […]

The Bright side of life

Chris Bright feels that his work for Clifford Chance is done and so is moving on to Shearmans. For his next challenge he might even take on Brussels It is a sweet irony that walking away from the offices of The Lawyer on my way to Shearman & Sterling I am going against the flow […]

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