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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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Piba

The Personal Injury Bar Association (Piba) was set up in March 1995 to represent barristers in England and Wales who specialise in this area of practice. According to the secretary of the group, Matthias Kelly, one of the reasons why it was set up was because the interests of PI barristers were not being covered […]

Practice's Abu Dhabi staff make the grade

City-based law firm Richards Butler has made two of its Abu Dhabi office partners. They are Mohammed Syed and Rhys Lewis. Syed is an advocate to the High Court of Pakistan and a member of both the Punjab Bar Council and the International Bar Association. Lewis qualified in the UK in 1987 and has worked […]

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NI practice takes action to boost hourly rates

Belfast firm O’Reilly Stewart is this week campaigning to improve the hourly rate paid to Northern Ireland solicitors. Peter Smith QC will represent the firm in front of the Taxing Master, Christopher Napier, in a hearing of objections being held on Monday and Tuesday. The claim refers to fees for a senior partner from O’Reilly […]

In brief: Bird Semple sees benefits of Taiwan tubes

Scottish law firm Bird Semple has scooped the prestige appointment of legal adviser to Taiwan group Chunghwa Picture Tubes, which is building a £250 million factory in Lanarkshire employing 3,000 workers. Semple is advising on a range of issues, including the purchase or leasing of equipment and machinery. Chunghwa manufactures computer display monitors. Bird Semple […]

Set blazes trail of fixed cost services

A London chambers has drawn up a pioneering scheme to provide advocacy services to law firms under fixed contracts in a preparation for the threatened shake-up of the legal aid system. One King’s Bench Walk fears chambers may be sidelined if government plans to farm out legal aid to law firms under contract go ahead. […]

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