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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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Chris fogarty reports Commercial barrister Kenneth Rokison QC is retiring from 20 Essex Street and has marked the event by embarking on an Egyptian adventure. He joined 120 other cyclists on a six-day trip along the banks of the River Nile to raise money for mental health charity Mencap. The silk, who turns 60 in […]

Earnings leap for lawyers at top American companies

A survey of in-house legal officers for multi-billion dollar US companies has revealed a 20 per cent increase in average pay for 1996, a rate which outstrips increases for any other group of executives in this sector and pushes their earnings through the one million dollar mark. The report, published by consultants Pearl Meyer & […]

Mind your language

I READ your editorial in The Lawyer, 11 March with great interest. In it you urge high street lawyers to take “a long, hard look at their practices”. A good starting point for most high street lawyers might be for them to drastically alter how they communicate with their clients. People do not need to […]

DAC restructures Madrid office

UK firm Davies Arnold Cooper has expanded its Madrid operation by integrating its long-time Spanish associate firm, Estudio Juridico Muniz (EJM), under the DAC name. The new firm will have 16 lawyers, two thirds of whom will be ex-EJM. It will be headed by Pablo Wesolowski, a Spanish-qualified DAC partner. The restructured branch will mark […]

In brief: Pinsents hires Price Waterhouse partner

Pinsent Curtis is hiring a senior Big Six accountant as its financial director. One of Stephen Hancock’s roles at the national firm will be to prepare the way for further mergers, although Pinsents is reluctant to expand on what its plans are in this area. Hancock, who starts in May, is a partner at Price […]

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