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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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Chadbourne & Parke hires former RBS legal director

The London office of New York firm Chadbourne & Parke is taking on a former legal director of the Royal Bank of Scotland as a consultant. Robin Lahiri left his role as legal director of treasury and capital markets at the bank in April following its merger with NatWest. He was responsible for the control […]

Arnold & Porter boosts IT team with niche firm

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is bulking up its Los Angeles-based intellectual property and technology practice by adding another team of lawyers. At the beginning of this month the firm gained 12 lawyers when it acquired niche law firm Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt (The Lawyer, 3 July). It is now taking on another […]

The best laid plans

Greater political interference and the emergence of a clear North/South divide in government planning policy is causing major headaches for lawyers and their clients. Julia Cahill reports. If Bill Gates decided to relocate Microsoft to London and had his heart set on building new headquarters on Ludgate Hill, SJ Berwin partner Patricia Thomas suggests that […]

The policy for bar mergers

I refer to the 17 July article on page three about the Bar Council’s “Barmark” mergers policy. I am writing to clarify our policy: 1. If chambers are proposing to merge, this should be made clear in their business plan and to BSI on the validation visit. Provisions should be made as to how the […]

The Firm

Henderson: You know, I’ve been thinking about The Firm’s image. To an outsider, we must come across as absurd caricatures, so for once I’ve decided we should do things properly, act with a bit of class. For example, this ABA conference. We should show our US cousins the rich history of The Firm. Pratchard: Hence […]

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