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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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Addleshaws looks to new blood to end profit woes

National firm Addleshaw Booth & Co has brought young blood onto its management board as part of a bid to boost profits by 50 per cent, a hike that will bring it on parity with its national rivals. The appointment of corporate partner Tim Wheldon, 39, and employment partner Andrew Chamberlain, 35, to the eight-partner […]

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North East can weather the storm

Every economic forecast reaches the same painful conclusion. There is an economic “slowdown”. The UK might even be heading for recession. So what. The North East has been in recession for so long it has become a way of life. The region consists of a handful of conurbations bounded on three sides by the Scottish […]

Cost-led reforms spell 'disaster'

Proposed reforms to the legal system threaten the existence of the specialist criminal advocate and could spell disaster in the long term, Bar Council chair Heather Hallett QC has warned. Delivering her address at the Bar’s annual conference on 4 October, Hallett condemned a series of proposed and recent reforms which, she said, amounted to […]

Quote of the week

“I encourage the noble and learned Lord to read an article in this week’s The Lawyer magazine by a senior barrister’s clerk, explaining how more than half the tenants in his chambers have undertaken work on the conditional fee basis for plaintiffs in personal injury cases…”The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, House of Lords, […]

In brief: Irvine advised to extend rights of audience

The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct has advised the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to extend rights of audience to patent agents in intellectual property cases, including appeals from the High Court.

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