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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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PWC in bid to pull network's affiliated practices into line

Gerard Nicolay, the head of Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ international legal network, has formed a global executive body to try to integrate the dozens of local affiliated legal practices into one firm. The seven-member executive, chaired by Nicolay, comprises the heads of Coopers & Lybrand’s and Price Waterhouse’s French, Dutch and UK (Chris Arnheim and Chris Tite) […]

People are the problem with legal IT

In the first of a series of articles, consultant John Irving says fee earners and IT professionals must work together. John Irving is an independent IT consultant. He can be contacted at john@jdirving. demon.co.uk Not too long ago, battles to move IT out of the back office and onto fee earners’ desks were in full […]

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Northern souls lead the field

Once again it is the North West leading the regions – this time in the family Bar. But few sets display the depth required The regional family Bar comes with a raft of recommended individuals but the problem, as often seems to be the case, is that there are few sets with real strength and […]

Law Soc surrenders over SIF

The Law Society has caved in to overwhelming pressure from the City and signalled that law firms should be allowed to opt out of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The move, which SIF claims may threaten the fund’s viability, represents a major victory for the November Group of commercial firms which has been campaigning for […]

Byrom Street builds new premises

Byrom Street Chambers, the Manchester set made up entirely of QCs, has signed a deal to move into brand new purpose-built premises by the middle of next year. The chambers, which was founded in the mid-1950s and is made up of 12 QCs, will be moving across the road from its current site in Byrom […]

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