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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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The Crown Prosecution Service, which this week was attacked for allowing people facing charges to go free because of errors. The CPS inspectorate found that in some cases the accused had to be released because lawyers had miscalculated how long they could be held, and that one in four charge sheets prepared by CPS lawyers […]

Fee incomes and profits slowdown sends warning signal to law firms

Despite firms recording bumper fee incomes, a report reveals worrying trends. Ryan Dunleavy reports. Ineffectual managment and clients demanding lower fees and better service are beginning to affect law firm profitability, according to a survey published by The Lawyer and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The underlying trend for law firms’ profits and fee income shows that increases have […]

Minicab group VAT case heads for Lords

Roger Pearson reports on a long-running wrangle over an Eastbourne association’s bid to be exempt from VAT payments. An Eastbourne car hire communications network is at the centre of a complex and long-running VAT test case that is now heading for the House of Lords. The Law Lords have given the Eastbourne Town Radio Cars […]

Skadden Arps poaches CC partner

Clifford Chance securities partner Rick Ely is joining the London office of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. A Clifford Chance spokesman says: “We can confirm that Rick will be leaving us in October and will join the London office of Skadden Arps later this year. “He was offered an extremely attractive proposition […]

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