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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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Zurich singles out six firms for global panel

Insurance giant Zurich has concluded its secretive review of global advisers, with six firms making it on to its preferred list. It is understood that five UK-based firms have made the global panel, which covers Zurich’s high-end corporate and insurance work in Europe and the US. The review was presided over by Zurich group general counsel Monica Maechler. […]

Lovells acts for 200 UK MPs to overturn death sentence

A death row prisoner who was once only an hour away from execution will now be either set free or retried following a three-year campaign by Lovells. The firm acted on a pro bono basis as UK lawyers for the prisoner, Kenny Richey, as well as for his partner Karen Torley and for 200 English […]

Expansion signals new Paris focus for Hogan

Washington DC-based Hogan & Hartson has taken its first lateral partner since losing the majority of its associated Paris office to Piper Rudnick (now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) last summer. The firm is also sending a heavyweight management partner to Paris to spearhead a renewed growth drive. French corporate partner Jean-Marc Franceschi joins Hogan’s […]

Charles Russell tops AIM game

Charles Russell has stor-med the list of the top 10 legal advisers on AIM flotations. The firm worked on 19 deals last year, finishing second only to AIM specialists Memery Crystal, according to figures released by the AIM & OFEX Deal Monitor. “It’s been gradually growing,” said Charles Russell head of finance Simon Gilbert. “2002 […]

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