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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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Edge Ellison’s Birmingham office is losing a highly-rated planning partner to Pinsent Curtis. Planning and environmental law specialist Martin Damms is joining Pinsents as an associate. Edge Ellison’s head of planning Mark Newcombe says that Damms left on “amicable terms”. But it is unclear why he is taking a step down from partner to associate […]

Cahills shuts in Paris as it opens in City

Cahill Gordon & Reindel is transferring its Paris lawyers to local firm Lussan Brouillaud as the US giant finally opens its London office. Head of the Paris office Freddy Dressen, two lawyers and five support staff are moving to Lussan Brouillaud while US finance specialist Jim Robinson is relocating to the UK to be the […]

Public Sector

A boom in the number of private finance initiatives has put plenty of multimillion pound contracts up for grabs. The City firms are winning most of the work, with in-house lawyers saying that they need to be represented by firms which can match those the banks are instructing opposite them. Despite this, the sector is […]

KPMG takes leading E&Y tax lawyer

KPMG is taking one of the top partners from Ernst & Young’s new associate Washington DC law firm. McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which set up in November last year as the first tie-up between a big five accountant and a US law firm, is losing leading tax lawyer Tom Wessel. Wessel joined the firm […]

Moving into the mainstream

Public international law can no longer be ignored, with a number of international conventions making their way into domestic courts. Philippe Sands and Maurice Sheridan report on the most influential cases of the past year The rules of public international law have been transformed over the past two decades. Treaties and other international legal obligations […]

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