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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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London could pay price of high-cost litigation

For a long time now, anecdotal evidence has hinted at the declining use of London’s courts to resolve commercial disputes. But the figures published today in The Lawyer reveal the true extent of that decline. Industry is increasingly resorting to alternative dispute resolution and mediation, and the one over-riding and fundamental reason for this is […]

Bircham & Co wins client a Lords seat

Westminster law firm Bircham & Co has won a seat in the House of Lords for its client. The firm has proved its client’s barony, which comes with a seat in the upper chamber, after a 50-year gap in the Arlington line. But it is likely to be a short-term tenure since hereditary peerages are […]

Proteus gains Swedish wing

European law firm alliance Proteus – which has practices in nine European countries – is adding a Swedish practice to its network. Wagenius & Partners, which is based in Hellingborg, is expected to join Proteus in June, becoming its 10th member firm. The association comprises small and middle ranking firms. Two Dutch firms are already […]

Profession faces united front at LCD

In his first interview since his appointment, Keith Vaz talks to Ryan Dunleavy about legal reforms and New Labour values. The legal profession faces a united New Labour front at the Lord Chancellor’s Department with the appointment of Keith Vaz. Vaz – who has been both a barrister and a solicitor – is a party […]

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