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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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Hammonds seals victory for Uefa in copyright case

Hammonds has won an injunction for Uefa, in a key case that tested the Copyright Act’s strength against internet pirate broadcasters. Mr Justice Lindsay ordered the defendants to stop broadcasting streamed matches, pay the costs of the claim and hand their profits over to Uefa. The defendants charged £7 for a two-month subscription to their […]

Magic circle’s New York travails

It has been swings and roundabouts within the magic circle firms in the Big Apple over the past month. While Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance reasserted their presences with more lateral hires, Linklaters suffered its first group defection. Linklaters’ loss of three lawyers in its New York office, including that of US head of corporate Mark […]

Cripps boosts PEP 50 per cent after wealth management sale

South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has seen big fee income and profit increases following a year in which it restructured and brought in new management. Fee income rose 17 per cent to £16.35m compared with £14m last year. This includes the adjustment made from the sale of its wealth management arm Cripps Portfolio, which […]

RPC ups revenue despite snubbing NHS

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has seen a slight rise in turnover, despite ditching a major client at the start of the last financial year. The firm’s revenue grew by 2 per cent to £52.9m. RPC had succeeded in retaining its place on the NHS Litigation Authority panel in February 2005 following a review of the […]

Sweet FA

It was the usual fun and games at the Clifford Chance partnership conference at the Marriott Hotel recently. Tulkinghorn’s little helper donned a burqa to listen in on some of the sessions and can report that the most controversial moment of the weekend was David Childs’ ban on partners watching the FA Cup Final. Happily, […]

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