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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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No5 and White & Case sponsor UK Jessup Moot Competition 2014

No5 Chambers has announced that it is the joint sponsor, with White & Case, of the UK Jessup Moot Competition 2014, which is set to take place at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London from 27 February to 2 March. This will be the third consecutive year that No5 and White & Case […]

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Bakers, Dentons swoop on Heenan Blaikie teams after DLA talks fail

Baker & McKenzie and Dentons have between them taken on 36 lawyers from collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie, days after DLA Piper pulled out of a deal to acquire a 70-strong team. Speculation that Dentons was taking on the teams that DLA Piper was previously in discussions with (7 February 2014) escalated on Monday, when […]

High Court holds that 20th Century Fox’s Glee infringes Comic Enterprises’ trademark for a logo including the words ‘the Glee Club’

Comic Enterprises established its first live entertainment venue in Birmingham in 1994 and now operates venues in Cardiff, Oxford and Nottingham. The venues are primarily used for stand-up comedy and live music. In 1999, it registered UK trademark 2200698 in relation to a number of services, including entertainment services, comedy services, the provision of live […]

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