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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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Freshfields boosts Amsterdam office

Winfred Knibbeler, currently a partner with top Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh, is a leading light in Dutch and EU competition law – with clients including banking giant ABN Amro and Ajax Football Club. He will be the first partner in Freshfields’ Dutch office to specialise in the practice area, and will develop it to support […]

Game set and mismatch

As an increasing number of sets decide that if they do not unite, divided they will disappear into mediocrity or worse, the bar is fast resembling a Moonies mass marriage ceremony. But with the cult of personality so strong at the bar, what drives different types of sets to merge? Are the most successful unions […]

Nabarros beats CC and Berwin Leighton for Norwich Union contract

Nabarro Nathanson has beaten Clifford Chance and Berwin Leighton in a bid to advise Norwich Union on the management of a £70m Essex County Council property portfolio. It is the first time that the firm has been retained by the company. It is believed to be the first time Norwich Union has handled property investments […]

A View from Germany

Ambition and aggression are not qualities normally associated with German lawyers, at least not until recently. The regions were full of lawyers happy to go home at 5.15pm (probably a couple of hours after their secretaries). And while this was a sign of just how protected the German market was, the manner in which this […]

Stuck in the middle

Most trainees live in an almost permanent state of terror, but at this time of year life can be particularly harrowing. Many have just started their final seat and have less than six months until qualification. After years of training and study, trainees across the land will soon find out whether they have a job […]

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