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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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Defamation reform urged

RADICAL reform of the UK’s “outdated” libel laws is needed, despite the Lord Chancellor’s existing proposals for change, says the Newspaper Society. The society, which represents the regional press, says the Government still needs to address fundamental issues including burden of proof, the role of the jury, and the award and calculation of damages, which […]

In brief: Law Society votes to go on the record

The way members of the Law Society Council vote in important debates will now be recorded. Law Society president Martin Mears was behind the move, which was approved at the council meeting on Thursday. The initiative is part of a drive by the presidency to democratise the council. It was also widely viewed as a […]

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Henry Aitchison, 48, admitted 1971, and Tracy Margaret Hall, 37, admitted 1982, husband and wife practised in partnership as Aitchisons, Newcastle, struck off and reprimanded respectively. Allegations substantiated against both that they drew money from client account in breach of accountancy rules. Allegations substantiated against Aitchison alone that he used client money for his own […]

Firm fills Frankfurt post

LINKLATERS & Paines junior corporate finance partner Casper Lawson has been chosen to replace Tony Hickinbotham as joint head of the firm’s practice in Frankfurt. Lawson, currently working in London, is expected to head out to Germany in January to work in the firm’s new joint venture practice with Hamburg and Berlin lawyers Schon Nolte […]

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