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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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Hill Dickinson turnover soars over £50m

Hill Dickinson has broken the £50m turnover barrier for the first time, posting a 16 per cent income rise to £52.5m. The North West firm saw impressive growth in a number of areas, particularly professional services, employment and company and commercial. But the marine and claims management departments suffered. Hill Dickinson lost a team of […]

UK put in the shade as US firms reveal record results

More evidence that the US is where the money is: the finalised financial results are out for the top 100 US firms, and they reflect poorly on the UK. Overall the combined gross revenue for the top 100 US firms reached $50.7bn (£28.9bn) in 2005, up 10 per cent on the previous year. This compares […]

Deals roundup

Freshfields plays part in creation of mobile giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York-based Dewey Ballantine and South African firm Webber Wentzel Bowens all advised in mobile phone giant MTN’s $5.52bn (£3.01bn) acquisition of Investcom – a deal creating the largest mobile phone operator in Africa and the Middle East. Based in South Africa, MTN has […]

Livingstone to be witness in Thames Water inquiry

National firm Shoosmiths is preparing to put the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on the stand as it acts for Thames Water in a forthcoming planning inquiry. Head of planning Iain Gilbey has spent the past five years working for Thames Water, advising on a proposed £200m desalination plant in Beckton, East London. In April, […]

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BLG enjoys a spot of name dropping The kings of law firm advertising have to be the personal injury, ‘no win, no fee’ set that dominate daytime television schedules. But City firms are doing their best to close the gap. Last week Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) took the bold step of taking out a […]

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