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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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Gide Loyrette opens in London with Sidley hires

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is launching in London after taking four partners from US best friend Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. UK-qualified partners Michael Doran and Colin Mercer and US-qualified partners Scott Cameron and Christopher Mead will launch the office with Gide Loyrette partner Arnaud Duhamel, who will relocate from Paris. The haul comes […]

Simmons loses partner from Brussels practice

Simmons & Simmons Brussels partner Conor Maguire has quit the firm. A Simmons spokesperson said he had “left by mutual consent”. Maguire was one of just two partners in Simmons’ small Brussels EU competition practice, although the firm has a further three partners in its domestic Belgian practice. Marco Slotboom replaces Maguire as head of […]

FCO puts prospective UK ECJ judges on trial

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) last week interviewed candidates to replace the UK’s retiring European Court of Justice (ECJ) judge David Edwards. An FCO nomination will be made in the next few weeks, which must then be ratified by the European Council of Ministers, although this is just a formality. Edwards, who leaves at […]

BLP grows private equity with Osborne Clarke hire

Osborne Clarke has suffered another blow in London with the loss of private equity partner Geraint Lloyd to Berwin Leighton Paisner.Lloyd counts among his clients the Close Brothers Group, for whom he works across several divisions on private equity-backed M&A transactions, development and venture capital and real estate funds, and Matrix Securities.Commenting on the recruitment, […]

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