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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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Hailsham Chambers wins 6 Pump Court team

Six tenants from Kieran Coonan QC’s 6 Pump Court have joined Hailsham Chambers, bolstering its professional negligence and medical practices.Three of them – Andrew Post, Alexander Hutton and Roger Mallalieu – also specialise in legal costs litigation, a key area of 6 Pump Court’s work.Also joining is former Shepherd + Wedderburn assistant Fiona Patterson who […]

Herbert Smith racks up £5m in fees on DTI’s nuclear clean-up

Herbert Smith has reaped around £5m in legal fees for its first 12 months of advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the £48bn nuclear clean-up programme. The City firm scooped a two-year contract to advise the DTI on the commercial aspects relating to the creation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) after […]

Hill Dickinson posts 34 per cent hike in turnover

Hill Dickinson has recorded a 34 per cent hike in turnover for the first six months of the 2004-2005 financial year. The firm reported a six-month income of £22m, up from £14.5m for the same period in 2003-2004. Last year’s full-year turnover was £40.1m, with average profits per equity partner of £221,000. The figures mark […]

ABN Amro loses inhouser to Nomura

ABN Amro’s global head of legal of global equity derivatives has quit the Dutch investment bank to join Nomura in a non-legal role. Sanjeev Joshi is leaving ABN at the end of January to join the Japanese investment bank to take up a front office position. ABN’s wholesale clients, strategic business unit global legal head, […]

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