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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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In brief: Construction head switches firms

Bell & Scott’s head of construction switched firms this month to concentrate on private finance initiatives (PFIs). Ross Campbell left the Edinburgh firm to single-handedly run the construction department at neighbouring Tods Murray. Campbell said: “I wanted to specialise in PFI as it is an active and rapidly growing field of law. This is an […]

In brief: Bingham backs use of community service

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, has called for greater use of community service when sentencing offenders. Delivering the annual Police Foundation lecture last week, Bingham attacked political and media rhetoric in favour of severe prison sentences. “In the public mind, I think that custody is generally seen as the only truly retributive or punitive […]

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Teleworking reigns at City firm

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