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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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French firm hires lecturer to aid Kazakh expansion

FRENCH firm Salans Hertzfield & Heilbronn has taken on a university lecturer from Kazakhstan as a consultant to help develop its new office in the capital, Almaty. Anatoly Didenko, head of the civil law department, will work with the firm’s full-time lawyers, Karen Widess, a Russian-speaking Western corporate lawyer, and Aigoul Kenjebayeva, a Kazakh natural […]

Audit office criticises court failure to stamp out delays

THE FAILURE of most crown courts to eradicate delay and meet statutory waiting time limits indicates “grounds for concern”, says a National Audit Office (NAO) report. And the behaviour of defence lawyers and a shortage of judges on Circuit may be contributory factors to the problem, it says. The NAO’s recommendations, which have been largely […]

No longer a game of chance

Mary Heaney reports on the growth of risk management. Is it proactive lawyering or another way of attracting client cash? Two years ago, Bevan Ashford entered uncharted territory for most law firms – it entered into a joint venture with international risk management consultancy Willis Corroon. The resultant company, QRM Healthcare, advises on all aspects […]

Irish lawyers' ceasefire hopes

NORTHERN Irish lawyers will face a major shift in their working lives if there is lasting peace in the province. Until now, terrorism has generated legal work and led to attempted coercion of, and death threats to, both lawyers and judges. Richard Ferguson QC, chair of the English Bar’s Criminal Bar Association, says: “With the […]

CPS draws up tough assault guidelines

NEW guidelines on assault charges are set to make it easier to convict threatening telephone callers of actual or grievous bodily harm. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidelines to police and prosecutors contains a checklist of injuries and other factors for each crime of assault, designed to increase consistency across Britain. But prosecutors will have […]

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