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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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John Berry looks at the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

John Berry is director of ADR Legal Costs Assessors. TAXATION of costs has always been a slow process, but on the 15 January 1997 it also became expensive. Court taxing fees were increased to 7.5 per cent on total costs taxed, but, more importantly, when an inter partes bill is lodged, a fee of 3.75 […]

Legal group gets positive

Thirty law firm members of a solicitors’ marketing network, which has set up Web sites, recorded 3,000 hits in the first four weeks. The Trinity Group of solicitors, run by Sheffield-based marketing company, Law Shield, aims to help its 70 law firm members to negotiate contracts for conveyancing and non-contentious work with banks, building societies […]

Judges call for more IT to publish judgments

Court of Appeal judges have called for a greater availability of email and information technology to disseminate judgments to lawyers and judges. Issuing a ruling on the Internet for the first time, Lord Justice Saville criticised the lack of information technology available to the judiciary. Lords Justices Waller, Saville and Brooke put the decision of […]

In brief: Cardiff neighbours combine resources

Welsh firms and next door neighbours in Cardiff, JA Hughes Walter & Hopkins and Rees Wood & Terry, have merged to form a 12-partner, 70-staff firm to be called JA Hughes with Rees Wood & Terry. It has two offices in Cardiff and three in Barry.

In brief: Convicted solicitor receives suspension

Allen Chubb, the solicitor convicted of falsely imprisoning and causing actual bodily harm to a client’s wife, faces a three-month suspension by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In a hearing last week, the tribunal ordered Chubb to pay £1,927 costs and suspended him for three months, but then lifted the order pending an appeal. Chubb, 53, […]

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