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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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US firm Chadbourne & Parke is relaunching in Dubai after a 14-year absence, giving the energy-strong firm its eighth international office. The eight-lawyer Dubai office will be led by Jack Greenwald, who was a partner in the firm’s original Dubai office. He left in 1989 to open his own boutique, Greenwald Legal Consultancy. Greenwald said: […]

Hammonds to help revive Birmingham exchange

Hammonds has advised regional development agency Advantage West Midlands (AWM) on re-establishing the long-defunct Birmingham Stock Exchange. The online exchange, known as Investbx, will enable West Midlands-based small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to raise equity finance of up to £2m. It is set for a summer launch and could pave the way for the re-establishment […]

Lawrence Graham enjoys triple boost from LaSalle relationship

Lawrence Graham has completed the third in a trio of real estate deals for new client LaSalle UK Ventures, the £1bn private equity fund set up by LaSalle Investment Management last year. Lawrence Graham won the mandate from LaSalle UK Venture managing director Charles Maudsley, who joined the business from Axa Real Estate Investment Managers […]

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Real estate QC steps up to the bench

The High Court chancery division has a new judge in the form of real estate specialist Paul Morgan QC of Falcon Chambers. Morgan joins former Falcon Chambers barristers Lord Neuberger and Mr Justice Lewison as a member of the judiciary. Joint head of chambers Jonathan Gaunt QC said: “This is a huge honour for us […]

Shell accedes to $450m settlement

US firm Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) landed an advisory role on the first-ever pan-European class settlement of securities fraud claims. G&E, representing a European investment group of more than 50 investors, including some from the UK, agreed to resolve claims against Royal Dutch Shell over the company allegedly having reported an ‘overstatement’ of its oil […]

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