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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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Set for recruitment

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Computer copyright proposals 'unfair'

COMPUTER lawyers have given a cool response to plans for new copyright laws to be put before the Department of Trade and Industry this week. The proposals aimed at controlling the use of protected material on the Internet have been criticised as “unfair” and “unworkable”. Plans for a “transmission right” to ensure copyright owners receive […]

SJ Berwin lawyer takes Bank of England to task over Barings

SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone has slammed the Bank of England for “evasion” over issues relating to the Barings collapse and is preparing to launch an independent inquiry for creditor clients. Stone, acting as chair of the Barings Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG), says the bank “appeared reluctant to answer entirely relevant questions concerning the […]

In brief: Queen's part-time legal secretary courses

London-based Queen’s Business and Secretarial College is to begin offering part-time courses leading to its Legal Secretarial Certificates. Ollie Edwards, Queen’s marketing director, says: “The course is designed for secretaries who want to change direction and move into the legal field.” The college can be contacted on 0171 589 8583.

Two cheers for democracy

While British lawyers spent this month’s American Bar Association (ABA) conference forging contacts and drumming up business, their American colleagues spent much of their time debating euthanasia. And when they weren’t discussing physician-assisted suicide, they were grappling with a host of other social issues. It all left the Brits a tad bemused. As one senior […]

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