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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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Perfecting the pitch

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Thompsons opens two new offices in expansion drive

Thompsons is dramatically expanding its practice size and scope – three months after a radical shake-up which saw 11 equity partners leave the firm. The trade union and personal injury firm is opening offices in Teesside and Plymouth. Plans for a further office will be announced next month. The number of partners at each office […]

Lovells plots Boesebecks marriage

Lovell White Durrant is in merger talks with another of Germany’s biggest law firms. The London-based international firm is in advanced negotiations with Boesebeck Droste and is expecting to vote on the merger in the autumn. Earlier this year Boesebecks terminated merger discussions with Clifford Chance and it is believed that those talks overlapped with […]

Essential advocacy for the City litigator

It was recently reported in The Lawyer (26 April) that the commercial bar is in a state of crisis as its work is drying up. That is, of course, partly due to streamlining effected by the civil procedure reforms, but also partly a consequence of solicitors realising they are as capable as barristers of performing […]

Silicon Valley IP pioneer ships out as New York firms move in

As more and more law firms flood into Silicon Valley, one of the area’s original settlers and a former intellectual property star firm has announced it is shipping out. Brown & Bain, a firm that waged landmark IP battles on behalf of high-profile clients such as Apple Computer and Intel, says it is closing its […]

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