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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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Hardwicke Building head resigns to head Booth's set

Tony Wells has “shocked” barristers at the commercial set Hardwicke Building by resigning as chief executive to become chambers director at Cherie Booth’s chancery set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Wells was at Hardwicke Building for five years and will start “in the next six months”. He takes over from the highly-respected senior clerk of 40 […]

Retain tradition or face the unknown

The news that 3 Paper Buildings and Plowden Buildings are to merge is another sign of the forced change at the Bar. All chambers are having to examine their options in the light of a series of attacks on traditional and long-cherished practices at the Inns. Law firms are increasingly retaining work which previously would […]

Manchester survives the Blitz

A team of law undergraduates from Manchester University has won the coveted Boardroom Blitz trophy Boardroom Blitz the business game for law students run by Berwin Leighton in association with The Lawyer reached its conclusion in a final held at the start of the month. The Manchester University team claimed first prize, coming from behind […]

Brethertons cements relationship with top Estonian firm

Cheltenham-based firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has forged a link with Heta, one of Estonia’s largest law firms. The two firms have signed an association agreement which took effect at the start of the month. A lawyer from Heta is expected to be sent to the UK firm on secondment in the next month. John Beever, […]

In brief: Austin Mitchell to call for Ministry of Justice

Labour MP Austin Mitchell is to present a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons calling for the creation of a Ministry of Justice, a salaried legal service and a modernised judiciary. Ten Minute Rule Bills allow backbenchers to initiative debates in parliament. Mitchell’s call for a ministry of justice whose leader would […]

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