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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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Can pro bono be saved

Last year the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group faced collapse due to a lack of support. Dominic Egan reports on the latest attempt to revive its fortunes. Gross fees for the top dozen firms ranged from £115m to £442m during 1998-99, according to The Lawyer 100, and the average equity partner earned more than £450,000 in […]

Mental patient in High Court bid for liberty

The compulsory detention of patients who have a legal right to their liberty needs to be clarified. Roger Pearson reports. A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a legal challenge over the compulsory detention of mental patients after orders have been made for their discharge. At the same time, Justice Sullivan ordered that […]

Monckton and 4-5 Gray’s Inn set to vote on merger

Monckton Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square are today expected to vote in favour of a full merger just three weeks after starting formal negotiations. The Lawyer understands that both sets will hold full tenancy meetings today (Monday) to vote on whether to push ahead with the merger that would create one of the biggest […]

…as it loses work on Candover deals By Dearbail Jordan

According to figures released by Candover detailing its major deals for last year, Ashursts – one of the venture capitalist’s main firms – failed to act on any transactions. Most of the work went to Clifford Chance and Travers Smith Braithwaite. One industry source says that historically Ashursts could be expected to notch up between […]

Peter Charlton

Peter Charlton is the new managing partner at the London office of Clifford Chance. Sean Farrell meets the softly spoken, yet tough talking northerner whose time has come. Meeting Peter Charlton is a big disappointment. “A Geordie thug who got fed up listening to Iron Maiden and drinking 20 pints a night, who came to […]

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