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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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Barristers called to unite

The independent Bar has been told to back the campaign by employed barristers for rights of audience. Sir Sydney Lipworth QC, deputy chair of National Westminster Bank, said there was a natural empathy between in-house barristers and chambers which was potentially a significant source of work for the Bar. If the number of barristers working […]

Conveyancing rule aims to deflect gazump blame

the Law Society Council has put guidance regulating the conduct of solicitors selling property on a more formal footing by passing a practice rule. The rule states that if a seller decides to deal with more than one buyer, then the solicitor, with the client’s consent, should notify all those parties who are involved in […]

Brooke warns against return to 'dark ages'

The chair of the Law Commission called on the Bar to back a campaign to make law reform easier. Mr Justice Brooke said the need to improve the quality of laws must top the all-party political agenda. “I have not yet seen any evidence of parliamentary procedures which are robust enough to ensure that the […]

Bacfi article “nonsense”

A eulogy to barristers in the Bacfi Bulletin was slammed as “palpable nonsense” by a leading in-house solicitor. Jyoti Munsiff, chair of the Law Society’s commerce and industry group, said the article, which compared the qualities of solicitors and barristers, did not tell the whole story. It read: “If a company wants to employ a […]

Tribunals a forum for 'Euro-claims'

INDUSTRIAL tribunals have accepted a wider jurisdiction to hear “Euro-claims” against the State after a ruling handed down in Newcastle-upon-Tyne confirmed they were an appropriate forum in which to hear actions relating to the failure to adequately implement EU law in the UK. The decision, passed in a case involving mass redundancies in the Swan […]

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