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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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North West test

Low costs per lawyer have helped North West firms boost their profits. Add to this a string of mergers and a new corporate focus and the South had better watch its back. By Joanne Harris Two years ago, Manchester celebrated a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, and law firms celebrated. Now it is Liverpool’s turn to […]

Blackstone Chambers votes in new heads

^WH¬ne Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley QC as its new heads of chambers. The duo replace Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC after almost seven years at the helm.Mill and Beazley will hold the posts for a five-year term, wh… Blackstone Chambers has elected Ian Mill QC and Tom Beazley […]

Safe saving

Since Guernsey made market abuse a criminal offence with a penalty of up to seven years in prison, investors are more protected than ever before. Benjamin Wrench reports Shell might have been fined £17m by the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA), but that is just the beginning of a long-expected global crackdown. The number of […]

BLP and FFW both land new hotel sector clients

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) have scored a client win apiece in the hotels sector. BLP advised property manager Marylebone Warwick Balfour (MWB) on its acquisition of the Hotel Du Vin hotel chain for £66.4m in its first direct instruction from MWB. The deal follows work that BLP undertook for boutique […]

Project and serve

Amec’s shift from construction to a primarily services-based company is a strategic switch that has come good. Jodi Bartle reports on its progress Amec, a hybrid project management and services company comprising engineering, construction and projects, sports the dubious claim of being one of the largest UK companies currently in Iraq, having won lucrative power […]

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